#116: Andrew Wright

Designing Buildings for Clients and the Environment

How does a small architectural firm end up fielding calls from Tesla? By designing the largest
residential microgrid on earth.

The project, a recent home renovation in Tuxedo Park, NY, includes geothermal wells, a
thousand solar panels, and enough battery capacity to interest Tesla. Architect Andrew Wright
explains that he began with a design for a net zero home, but that the decision to go totally off
grid turned out to be more cost efficient.

Wright is the president of Wright Architects, based in New York’s Hudson Valley. The firm
specializes in energy efficient design, complemented by renewable energy generation systems.

Bard MBA Alum Cindy Wasser spoke with him about current trends in sustainable architecture
and about what the future holds for Wright Architects and the industry as a whole.


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