Robert Petrie

Robert Petrie

Marcellus, NY, US



I have shaped my professional career around the advancement of architecture and meaningful communication through careful reconciliation of design problems. Whether I am teaching the design studio at Syracuse University, working on house additions for clients or figuring out the corner detail of an anniversary box for my wife, the struggle of design is not in the scale of the problem but in the organization and clarity of the idea. I take great interest in detail and the meaning of what we do as architects, knowing that what we construct has far greater implications then the boundaries of our drawing surface.



Architecteam, Syracuse, NY, Senior Designer

Lead design decisions on various scale projects.
Created a branding and marketing plan for the office.
Involved in writing proposals for contracts.
Represented the office in interviews.

Jan 2011 - Feb 2013

Ashley McGraw Architects, Syracuse, NY, US, Architectural Designer

Project Designer for the Higher Education studio, being closely involved in various projects involving science buildings, campus masterplans and academic building renovations.

Developed marketing and branding identities for the Higher Education Studio

Was a team leader and design representative for job/design meetings with clients

Project managed several jobs from design through construction

May 2007 - Jul 2010

Hartman-Cox Architects, Washington DC, Architectural Intern

Involved in DD, SD and CD on several projects in the DC and surrounding areas.

Generated renderings, physical models and computer constructs for various projects and proposals.

Apr 1998 - Apr 2002


Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, US, MArch, Architecture

With a concentration of urban design and analysis, the masters studio visited Montreal, Canada and Hanoi, Vietnam to explore various urban implications of culture, politics and economics.

My thesis dealt with the visual play of material and craft in the age of digital bias to design explorations. It was the recipient of the Graduate Thesis Award.

Aug 2002 - May 2009

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), Blacksburg, VA, US, BArch, Architecture

With an emphasis on craft, Va Tech directed the program to explore the intimacy of design and detail in the initial years to its broader implications at progressively larger scales a in the latter years.

Aug 2001 - May 2006


Richmond Harold Shreve Award in architectural design, 1st Place

This award is granted to architectural design, urban design, architectural science, and architectural history students for excellence and originality in their graduate theses.


WMATA Canopy project, 1st Place

Design Team member of Lourie-Chenoweth Architects of Silver Spring, MD who competed in the international competition to design glass escalator canopies for the 70+ Washington Metro Area Transit Authority (WMATA) escalator wells throughout washington DC metro area.


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