River Architects

River Architects


James P. Hartford is a principal at River Architects, PLLC and the founder of the Passive House Alliance-Hudson Valley and past president. He currently serves on its Board of Directors. James participated in the inaugural NYSERDA RetrofitNY program modeled on the Holland-based Energie Sprong- designing retrofit solutions for modernizing the multi-family housing stock of New York State for a zero-carbon future.

River Architects, PLLC is a full service architectural firm focused on Passive House for the majority of its projects. River Architects is based in Cold Spring, NY, and works in the Hudson Valley and the greater Metro-NY region. We trains all our design team members in Passive House, and performs our energy modeling and high-performance detailing analysis in-house, integrating the dynamics of beauty, form, and energy dynamics into all our solutions. Our work includes single-family residential, multi-family, and commercial projects- both retrofits and new construction.

James P. Hartford, AIA, LEED AP, CPHC

River Architects, PLLC, Principal


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