The design of good Architecture is one of the greatest contributions to society both now and throughout the history of mankind. It can inspire, elevate and remind us of our accomplishments as individuals, as a team or as a culture. Our designs, small or grand, take these beliefs into account when partnering with our clients and friends. In this world of change and technology, we work with our clients to create buildings to meet the challenges of higher energy costs, discerning building occupants, sophisticated technology and efficient use of our natural resources.
As Principal, John provides over 30 years of Architectural and construction experience to each project. His passion is the adaptive re-use of existing buildings to inspire community spirit and bring "those great old buildings" back to life. He feels that it's important for his staff to have in-depth experience with construction techniques and practices and encourages everyone to get "out on the site" to see how buildings go together. The collaboration between Client and Architect is critical to the success of any project and John values the relationships made over the years with many old and new clients. In his spare time, John keeps busy renovating houses, riding his motorcycle and helping out in the community. He is a certified ERT (Early Response Team) member of the United Methodist Committee on Relief and has been trained to respond to natural or civil disasters.
Mr. Zemke has been with Rhinebeck Architecture for over 15 years and has over 30 years of experience in the design and project management of educational, institutional and commercial architectural projects throughout New York and New England. As one of the Principals of the firm, his responsibilities include office management, planning and design, coordination of multiple design disciplines, construction documents and construction contract administration for projects ranging from design build to multiple prime contracts in the public bidding sector. He is a certified Construction Specifier, a member of the US Green Building Council-New York Chapter and serves on the Town of Milan Zoning Board. As an avid guitarist, Mr. Zemke understands the benefits of collaboration in achieving creative goals.