Roxanne Button

Roxanne Button

Buffalo, NY, US



A licensed architect & LEED Accredited Professional (BD+C, Homes), Roxanne Button has been involved in sustainable design for over 20 years.  Her diverse work experience includes green building consulting, scriptwriting for a green renovation TV series, & designing and managing LEED projects.  Roxanne is a former board member for the New York Upstate Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council, & a current member of the Chapter’s Education Committee & Board Advisory Panel.   She led the team that created Public Day for the American Solar Energy Conference in 2009 & co-hosts the monthly Buffalo Green Drinks networking series.  As a member of the National Education Reviewers team for USGBC, Roxanne contributes to the development of educational programs for fellow LEED Accredited Professionals.  She is also GPRO-trained to conduct workshops for construction professionals on green & LEED projects.  Roxanne is also a Certified Construction Specifier (CSI), with a focus on specification writing and peer reviews for green and LEED projects. 


Design Synergies Architecture P.C., Buffalo, NY, US, Principal

Principal/Owner –Interior architecture, Sustainable design & LEED consulting.
Licensed architect with 20 years of experience in interior architecture & sustainable design; experienced LEED Project Manager; speaker and instructor for green & LEED design programs. Experience in design charette facilitation, documentation management, and specification review/writing for LEED & green projects.
- LEED consulting – Cannon Design, Buffalo NY
- Architectural design - Queen City Bike Ferry Landing, Buffalo NY (consultant to DiDonato Associates).
- Interior architecture – Southtowns Surgery Center, Orchard Park NY.
- Interior architecture – Great Lakes Medical Imaging, Orchard Park, NY.

Oct 2012 - current

Architectural Resources P.C., Buffalo, NY, US, Senior Architect

Senior Architect - academic, office, & hospitality projects; sustainable design advisor or LEED Project Administrator for several projects.
Programming, space planning, interior detailing, schematic design, design development, construction documents, & construction administration for projects including:
- Project architect for First Niagara Bank offices, Larkin @ Exchange Building, Buffalo NY.
- Project architect for SLR Contracting Executive Boardroom Suite at Coca Cola Field for the Buffalo Bisons, Buffalo NY.
- Project manager & sustainability consultant for The Model Energy Home, Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus/National Grid, Buffalo NY.
- Interior design/architecture & furniture for:
- Dining Hall renovation, SUNY IT, Utica NY
- Convocation, Athletic & Recreation Center, SUNY Canton
- Wicks Hall Physical Therapy Assistant suite renovation, SUNY Canton
- Office renovation, CUBRC, Calspan Building, Cheektowaga NY
- LEEDTM project administrator & interior detailing for $36M SUNY Canton Convocation, Athletic & Recreation Center (LEED Silver); LEEDTM advisor for $20M Science Building, private high school; LEEDTM project administrator for$100M Bronx Children’s Mental Health facility(pursuing LEED Silver).

Apr 2008 - Oct 2012

CannonDesign, Grand Island, NY, Architect & Sustainability Coordinator

Architect - academic, laboratory, & hospitality projects.
Programming, space planning, interior detailing & design, schematic design, design development, construction documents, & construction administration for higher education projects.
- Member of firm-wide Sustainable Design Leadership core committee & Green Coordinator for Grand Island office - continuing education opportunities including LEED Exam training seminars. Sustainability & LEED advisor for variety of projects in Grand Island and other offices, including Sidwell Friends School Gymnasium, Washington DC.
- LEEDTM Project Administrator for $70M Buffalo State Science building, & $45M UB Greiner Hall Student Residence (LEED Gold).
- Interior architecture/interior design leadership for hotels, conference centers, & laboratory projects: selection and specification of materials, finishes, & furniture; coordination of architectural & interior design work with engineering.

Projects included:
- Ave Maria University, Ave Maria FL: Library, Residence Halls, Science, Athletics, & Student Center on new campus
- Medaille College Student Center, Residence Hall, & Amherst Campus.
- Niagara University Academic Complex.
- Erie County Public Safety Building
- The Conference Center, Niagara Falls

Member of design teams for award-winning projects: AIA Buffalo/Western New York Design Awards (3), AIA New York State Design Award (1), ASID Upstate New York/Canada East Design Awards (2), and Society of American Registered Architects (1).

Jun 2002 - Apr 2008

Grand Concourse Authority, St. John's, Newfoundland, Intern Architect

Intern Architect/Designer with non-profit organization to develop heritage, park & civic improvement projects:
- Concept design & development, detailing, & construction documents; coordination with consultants, site inspections - construction.
- Design assistant to Project Architect for historic renovation of Newfoundland Railway Museum and construction of The Johnson Geo-Centre Geological Museum.
- Designer for park service buildings at Bannerman Park, Powers Pond, & Octagon Pond, Newfoundland.

May 2001 - May 2002

Public Works & Government Services Canada, Halifax, NS, CA, Intern Architect

Architect Level II - renovation, new construction, & master planning for Government properties in Atlantic Canada:
- Review of architectural consultants’ drawings & reports for various Federal Government projects.
- Led interior renovations for Canadian Coast Guard College, Sydney NS.
- Assistant to Project Manager for Campus Master Plan, Bedford Institute of Oceanography, Bedford NS.
- Coordinated sustainable design guidelines for National Generic Design Brief (Model RFP), to be used on future Government of Canada projects.
- Developed sustainable design guidelines for new RCMP Detachment & future Government of Canada buildings.

Jul 2000 - May 2001

Susan Troup Design Inc., Halifax, NS, CA, Senior Designer

Project Interior Designer for hospitality, commercial, & retail projects:
- Concept design & development, construction drawings, project coordination, & client management.
- Interior finishes, custom millwork & furniture, space plans, & site inspections.
- Coordinated interior design work with project architects, consultants, & contractors.
- Prepared budgets & FF&E specifications for hotel, retail & commercial office projects including Fairmont Hotel properties in Atlantic Canada.

Feb 1998 - Jul 2000


Nova Scotia Technical College (currently Dalhousie University), Halifax, NS, CA, MArch, Architecture

Sep 1990 - May 1992

Nova Scotia Technical College (currently Dalhousie University), Halifax, NS, CA, Architecture

Bachelor of Environmental Design Studies (Architecture)

Sep 1988 - Aug 1990

Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's, Newfoundland, CA, Bachelors, Urban/Economic Geography

Sep 1984 - May 1988

Areas of Specialization