Randolph J. Collins AIA
Fostering brilliance. One relationship at a time.
As a lifelong steward of the environment, Randy Collins takes inspiration from watching the cycle of growth in his extensive organic vegetable garden. Up with the sun most mornings, he puts in an hour or two tending the garden before heading to CSArch, which he co-founded with Paul Scoville as Collins + Scoville Architects in 1991. He cans, freezes and dries his produce for use throughout the year. Buys meat from local farmers. Brews his own beer and makes his own wine. Last year, he incorporated the architectural elements from a reclaimed 1830 English barn in the gut renovation of his historic 1778 farmhouse in Rotterdam, NY. It’s this self-sufficiency that drives Randy’s interest in sustainable design. It’s a passion that he works to instill in CSArch employees, share with firm partners and capture for client work. Integrating renewable energy into firm projects is a vision he established almost ten years ago. Now, with numerous successes under its belt, CSArch stands out as a leader in designing alternative technologies into institutional buildings and campuses.
As CSArch President, Randy leads the firm into new markets and opportunities. By establishing relationships with school superintendents, college presidents and hospital board members, he seeks to gain personal understanding about what makes them tick, their vision for the future and the issues and problems that keep them up at night. These one on one interactions fuel the ideas he brings back to the firm and inform the solutions CSArch implements on behalf of clients.
As a leader in his community and his profession, Randy has served as the New York State Director for the American Institute of Architects, President of the Eastern New York AIA Chapter, and on numerous AIA committees. He is a member of the Capital Repertory Company board, in Albany, NY, a former board member of the Boys and Girls Club of Albany, and participated in the Capital Leadership program in Albany, NY from 1991 – 2001 in various capacities. His biggest accomplishment? The fact that almost 20 years later, CSArch is still working for its first three clients.