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Tom Ritzenthaler  AIA

Vice President

A firm-wide leader, Tom also manages the Newburgh office and has over 25 years of experience in the design and project management of public facilities. Having been a Director of Facilities and Transportation and as an Associate Architect with two New York State public school districts prior to joining CSArch in 2005, Tom brings first-hand knowledge of maintenance and operations challenges facing aging public facilities. This experience supports the firm's design solutions, taking into consideration facilities management best practices. 

What’s the most valuable lesson you’ve learned?
My father instilled in me a very strong work ethic, showing me that you get out of something what you put into it, so to always take pride in your work. I apply those lessons not just in my career, but in all aspects of my life.

What do you love about working in education?
I’ve been in public education my whole career and it’s because I truly love working on school projects. It doesn't matter if it's a roof project or a new science wing, our work really makes a difference for students and that’s always been something I’ve valued. I especially love when we get to engage students to help develop color palettes, work on interiors, or intern on the construction site. We're making a difference in the lives of students.  That’s why I’ve devoted my career to this work. 

What is your perspective on leadership and teamwork?
In my 30-year career, I've learned that sometimes being a leader is more about stepping back, not always about stepping forward. Architecture is a team sport and everybody’s perspective is important to the success of a project. Regardless of your experience level, everyone brings something to the table.

What are your hobbies?
Everyone who knows me, knows I love motorcycles. It's just me, the motorcycle, and the road. It’s a way to get within myself. I’ve been cross country, all up and down the East Coast, it’s a great way to see the country. It’s the most relaxed I ever get and gives me the most pleasure, being able to clear your mind, leaving everything behind.

Bachelor of Architecture 
SUNY Buffalo

Architecture, New York State

American Institute of Architects
Mentor, Team Cornwall
Board of Directors, Treasurer, ACE Mentor Program of Hudson Valley
Board of Directors, Boys & Girls Club of Newburgh
New York State Association of School Business Officials
Council of Facility Planners International

Personal Interests