Allan Shope graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1978 and was a founding partner of Shope Reno Wharton Associates. At Shope Reno Wharton, Allan designed houses, academic buildings, museums, and environmental education centers from 1981 to 2006. During Allan’s time at SRW Associates, the world changed profoundly with the need for renewable energy and sustainable architecture becoming increasingly apparent. Allan left Shope Reno Wharton in 2006 to start a new architectural office dedicated to sustainable architecture. Allan Shope Architect is a firm dedicated to creating buildings with sophisticated craftsmanship, carbon neutral operation, and inspired design. Allan’s passions, beyond family and architecture, include woodworking, farming, and environmental causes. Allan and his family live on a large organic farm in Dutchess County, New York, where they grow fruits, vegetables, and emus. A large portion of the Shope farm is a forest, which is sustainably managed to provide wood that Allan uses for furniture-making and architectural projects. Allan has served as a Trustee of the Dutchess Land Conservancy and currently serves as a Trustee of the Cary Instititute of Ecosystem Studies. He is a visiting teacher at Harvard University and President of the Board for the environmental organization, Clearwater.