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Resume: Edward A D'Andrea / Architect                                                                                                                 

Born: Niagara Falls, New York 1943

1966    B. Arch./   magna cum laude Syracuse University

1967    M. Arch./  University of Pennsylvania - Studio of Louis I Kahn

1968    Apprentice/ Sargent, Webster, Crenshaw & Folley  Syracuse, New York   

1969    Professor of Art & Architecture, Franconia College NH Design Build, Land Planning

1970    Reed and D'Andrea / Land and Space Planning

    Franconia, New Hampshire

1973    Edward A D'Andrea / Architect and Associates

    Denver, Colorado

1978    EAD / Architects

    Malibu, California   

1989    Edward A D'Andrea / Architects

    Hana Maui, Hawaii

1995    D'Andrea + Architecture

    Malibu, California



Scholastic Record:

School Medal of the American Institute of Architects for highest academic achievement: 1st in class, 2.65  average                    magnum cum laude

Phi Kappa PSI: National liberal arts honorary

AIA Fellowship to University of Pennsylvania: Syracuse chapter

Delta Tau Delta: Social Fraternity


University of Pennsylvania Masters Program: G Holmes Perkins, advisor

Master Studio:  Louis I Kahn

Structural Lab; Robert Le Ricolais

Art: Josef Albers Master Studio

Critique: James Sterling

Apprentice: Louis I Kahn, architect; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Professor of Art and Architecture / Franconia College; Franconia, New Hampshire

Design: Build and Sociological studies involving students as contractors

The "New Dorm," a 15 unit student complex that explored open school programs and living facilities built by students. Work study programs studying early concepts of green design, recycling and organic land uses. Low technologies restudy of self sufficiency.

Published PA 1969

"Key House" project, Prickley Mt Stowe, Vermont / Design Build

"Tail of the Tiger" Buddhist retreat and Farm > Master Land use Plan and buildings. Trungpa Rimpoche Fairlee Vermont

Association with Sno-Engineering: Sel Hanna, president - 10th mountain division member and ski slope design pioneer throughout America.

Real Estate Planning component with Ski Area Design. Taking a more naturalistic approach to real estate development surrounding new Ski areas with synergetic relationships of Land Acquisition, local forces and politics.

Single family residences: custom design - built homes


Joined by William C Reed, my old classmate, to form

Reed & D’Andrea/ Land and Space Planning

After finishing his masters at Harvard University and his apprenticeship at Sasaki, Dawson and Demay, under Mass Kinoshita, Bill joined me in Franconia, New Hampshire to expand our regional planning and environmental assessment strategies practice. This was primarily in the field of rural development that included ski areas and costal zones.

Bill Reed was an ecological pioneer. He pulled in Post Appolo, NASA personnel to validate and explore new emerging concepts and technologies of land use. Today, the term Ecology is bandied about from one side of the podium to the other. Bill Reed developed whole concepts of alternative planning, green spaces, legal approaches and citizen involvement techniques that led to the country's first serious look at environmental improvements.

Some of the projects that evolved from our work was the Boston based Nature Conservatory, the Center for Natural Areas - now a part of the Smithsonion, and the completion of the New Hampshire Central Open Space Plan.

At the same time, development corporations were beginning to take a chance with these new methods.

Concord Regional Commission / State Planning Office; Concord, New Hampshire

Developed central open space plan utilizing new acquisition methods with Natural Areas inventories by local workshops throughout the central New Hampshire region. Adopted in 1969 and completed in 1975.

The Natural Areas Inventory Project involved the entire coast of Maine for the State Planning Authority and Natural Resources Council of Maine, the Canadian Maritime Provinces Natural Areas Coastal Assessment, and the Alaskan North Slope Analysis for the Army Corps of Engineers under Jimmy Carter. These projects pinpointed areas that were to be set aside for environmental, historical, and aesthetic reasons. Our firm showed how to coordinate with local citizens and landowners on how to preserve and still utilize vast areas of Coastal Waterways. Industrial integration concepts were explored to link fishing, logging, and agriculture together. As a result many new conservatory agencies were established,  a voter defeat of the proposed deep water port in Machiasport, Maine and the closing of the nuclear power plant in Seabrook, New Hampshire .

The firm conducted many experiments on its farm and office in Gardiner, Maine, headed by Bill Reed. These included methane generation, wind-energy machines, organic farming methods, earth-built, and solar technologies. The results generated scientific guidelines for whole - earth systems of planning and development. Unfortunately, Bill Reed unexpectedly died and the firm was dissolved; moving myself west.


Formed Edward A D'Andrea / Architect and Associates in Boulder, Colorado.

This office was more open for individual Single Family Residences involving Natural Systems and advanced solar alternative building systems. At the same time I re-associated with Sno-Engineering's western office in Grand Junction. Sel Hanna had since died with the new firm under the direction of Mr. Jim Branch. The firm was able to extend its environmental assessment work because of the proximity to ENCAR in Boulder. This was a great resource for remote sensing capabilities from satellite date and computer modeling systems. This became an important component of large scale real estate development.

Expanding west, a new office was formed in Malibu, California.

EAD / Architects

This office specializes in large scale estate planning and design, new subdivision of large properties left in the southern California coastal area, and new international properties throughout the world.

Over-all development scheme for Ambergris Key in Belize, CA and specific nonpolluting resort in Habeneros.

REgenesis: Industrial integrated Fiber producing Village: Quang chi China

Established an Office in Hana, Maui: Edward D'Andrea / Architects

This office was established to handle projects on the Pacific Rim.

Generally, these are large single family vacation or second homes in Hanalei-Princeville, Kauai and Hana, Maui

This gives us the chance to expand our studies in Tropical Environments and appropriate land use; particularly for non-polluting resorts with golf courses.


D'Andrea + Architecture: Malibu, CA

Today, back in malibu, my personal focus is on single family estates. Malibu is the focus of a lot of attention by planners of coastal areas because of its relationship with the California Coastal Commission. A complicated political environment and development atmosphere makes working as an architect challenging but exciting to this firm. I have been associated with several proactive permit processing and planning firms.

published: MALIBU/ a century of living by the sea   Julius Shuman


When I was in graduate school at Penn in Louis I. Kahn’s masters class,

Mr. Kahn would all ways say:


“There is no such thing as architecture. Architecture only exists in spirit;

Buildings are simply offerings to that spirit.”

As my knowledge grew through the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s, and my career allowed me to get deep into architecture, I began to see that spirituality is really just

Naturism. It’s as natural as the coming and going of our breath.

I don’t know any architects that are producing new atomic elements or

using building materials from outer space. Everything we have been using and will ever use, comes from nature or from within the earth.

Use is the key here.

People all ways ask me:

“What is the difference between form and function? or

“Form follows function- is that true?”

Form and function both follow actual use. The Sistine Chapel functioned very well for religious rituals but, served the Germans well as a stable during the war. The form was so all encompassing that it had nothing to do with how it is was actually used. Another example is a spatula. It’s very form specific – but, makes a good entry tool on old slide lock doors.

It’s the actual use that we must look at the most. Obviously, we have been using our natural resources with unsound reasoning. Today, the New Green/ Realism

can not only extend life on our planet but opens the possibility for new forms and things that might function differently.

“How real can new be?” It’s called, “get real”. We’ve realized what needs to be done. Now, realistic doings- called planning, must take place. Things need places in which to occur. Architects, engineers and artists have never had such an opportunity to demonstrate that spirit in new forms. Not since the old ones switched from Sperm Oil to petroleum and industry replaced fulfillment, has the art community faced such a new frontier.

Above: Dandrea at jury with Lou khan, Robert LeRicolais and Ero Sarinen’s wife.