For much of Randy Collins’ career, he would wake with the sun and put an hour or two into tending his garden before heading to CSArch. A lifelong steward of the environment, his leadership style and design inspiration came from studying how things grow. In turn, his passion for nature became a business philosophy: when you tend each valuable relationship, the whole ecosystem will flourish.
Randy co-founded CSArch as Collins+Scoville Architects with Paul Scoville in 1991. More than 25 years later, Randy’s most satisfying accomplishment is that the firm is still working with some of its very first clients. By sharing this level of dedication to relationships, Randy solidified the firm’s place as a leader in the education market and paved the way for success as the company grew into new opportunities.
As CSArch expanded and evolved, Randy developed personal connections along the way. Whether it was a school superintendent, a college president, or a member of the CSArch team, he cared deeply about understanding each individual’s vision for the future. And when it came to clients, he turned an ability to tap into the issues and problems that kept them up at night into game-changing design solutions that moved education forward.
A strong advocate for the profession, Randy dedicated significant time over his career to issues and causes at the heart of the architecture community. He has been an influential writer and speaker, often seen and heard at the NYS School Boards Association, the NYS Council of School Superintendents, the NYS Association of School Business Administrators, and AIA’s various state and national publications and conferences.
Randy also served as the New York State regional director for the national board of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), New York State AIA board secretary, president of the Eastern New York AIA Chapter, and on numerous AIA committees. Equally passionate about organizations in the Albany region, he was a member of the Capital Reparatory Theatre board, in Albany, New York, a board member of the Boys and Girls Club of Albany, served on multiple committees for the Boy Scouts of America, and participated in the Capital Leadership program in Albany from 1996 – 2001 in various capacities. He has also been a member of the Utica College Construction Management Advisory Council for the past ten years and has served as president of the council since 2012.
Today, Randy splits time between his ocean-side cottage in Corea, Maine and getting his hands dirty as a steward of the land at Two Ponds Farm, the fully-operational organic farm that has been a lifelong dream. And from his recently opened farm stand, he continues to build personal relationships – this time, over one-on-one conversations about growing and preserving heirloom tomatoes, onions, peppers, potatoes, herbs, and more.