Michael Phinney

Michael Phinney

Owner & Principal Architect

Phinney Design Group

Saratoga Springs, NY USA

There’s no such thing as perfect. Everyone makes mistakes. At the end of the day, just do the best that you can do.


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Michael Phinney


My road in life has been direct.
From a young age, I loved to draw and thought I would become an artist.
When I was 15 years old, my guidance counselor suggested I look into studying architecture because I was very artistic and was also good at science and math.
I earned my bachelor’s degree in architecture from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where I did my thesis on environmental awareness in architecture.
After graduating, I started my career as a project architect working primarily on large office buildings.
I did that for about 10 years and also worked on some college university projects.
I was pitching green ideas at work with little response until my boss asked me to become his right-hand man for the new headquarters of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.
Shortly after, I decided to start my own company focused on green design and sustainability.
I’ve been leading my company, Phinney Design Group, for about 20 years now.
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High School
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute


Owner & Principal Architect

I lead an architecture, interior design, and construction management firm focused on green design and sustainability.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Environment & Nature
Building Things


The Noise I Shed

From Myself:

"Am I making the right decisions? I need to be perfect or they're going to judge me."

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