BOLDER Architecture, PLLC
is committed to satisfying clients.

Dave Toder works with owners to create 
works of art with an eye toward
longevity and functionality.

Architecture licenses:
New York - 2004
Pennsylvania - 2010

Master of Architecture
University of Oregon - 1999

Bachelor of Arts
Williams College - 1992

LEED AP - 2009

Highland Landing Park Association 
Advisory Board Member

Town of New Paltz
Historic Preservation Commission
You are in control.

You drive the design process.  I work within your parameters, offering 
alternatives and ideas, explaining the ramifications of your decisions.  I draw options 
showing how various design elements will look, so you can see and make informed 
decisions as we move forward.

You know what you want.  Chances are good that you have been thinking about 
your project for years.  I bring to the collaboration knowledge of structure, design, 
building codes, and energy-efficient concepts.  Together we will realize your vision.

Excellent service is the key to satisfied clients.

Personal.  I will meet with you and draft every step of the process, from 
surveying existing building conditions through design edits to construction 
documents.  Phone calls and emails are answered in a timely fashion, and I take 
the time to listen and respond to your concerns.

Speedy.  Within a few weeks of each meeting the next design round will be 
complete and ready for your review and input.  On occasion, when it is most critical, 
I can provide next day or even same day service on design edits and other matters.  
This responsiveness has earned repeat clients.

Responsible.  I am responsible for all aspects of my firm.  I want my clients to 
have as pleasant a design experience as possible, and a final design and built project 
that will give them lasting pride and satisfaction. 

Professional.  My experience as an architect, concern for accuracy and clarity, 
and hands-on experience as a carpenter and builder allow me to create construction 
documents that are appreciated by owners, contractors and building inspectors.  I am 
happy to provide references; please ask.

Efficient.  As a small firm, my overhead costs are low.  This savings is passed on 
to you in the form of lower fees for high-quality architectural services.  You may be 
able to find a firm that will charge you less in upfront fees, but that will cost you time 
and frustration over miscommunication, delays, and poor quality design. 

Sustainable.  I became an architect to pursue my interest in green building and 
better design.  Sustainable practices and options are an integral part of my design 
process.  I believe that all clients can incorporate green building concepts into their 
buildings to the fullest extent possible given their interest and budget.  
Historic preservation is a green concept.

Owner History
After graduating from Williams College in Massachusetts I went out to Telluride, 
Colorado for two years.  I worked as a carpenter for much of that time, while also 
skiing, rock climbing and working as a white water rafting guide.
I chose the University of Oregon Master of Architecture program for its strong 
curriculum in sustainable design, green methods, and technologies.  I excelled in 
structural calculations and received a solid grounding in how revealing a building's 
structure can provide a strong aesthetic impact.  I continued to do carpentry and 
began building furniture while in Oregon.
I moved back to my native New York in the summer of 1999 and worked at 
local architecture firms in New Paltz and Kingston, buying my circa 1821 house in 
early 2001.  I served on the Town of New Paltz Historic Preservation Commission 
for three years, further increasing my interest in the fabulous range of 
historic Hudson Valley architecture.
In 2004 I completed the process of becoming an architect and became licensed 
in New York State.  From 2005 to 2006 I completely renovated a circa 1850 house 
in Rosendale on the old Delaware & Hudson Canal / Rondout Creek, making it 
tremendously more energy efficient while preserving and enhancing the historic 
nature of the home.  Doing more than half the work myself, I found it extremely 
satisfying to ensure that this older building will continue to gift us with its unique 
charm while performing better than ever.  The house won an Honorable Mention 
in NY House magazine's 2008 Green Building Competition.  Concurrently, I 
worked for a number of architectural clients, then in 2007 dedicated myself to 
practicing architecture full-time.
My experience as an architect, combined with my passion for buildings, makes 
me feel very fortunate to work and live in the Hudson Valley, helping to improve the 
built environment.  Thank you for your interest -- I hope we can work together soon.
2019 NYSERDA Buildings of Excellence Award
Zero Place, New Paltz

2014 ICF Builder Award - MultiFamily
The Preserve - Zero-net Energy Development

Town of Lloyd Community Pride Award
Town of Lloyd Environmental Conservation Council 2012 Award
For Leadership in Conserving Our Natural Resources
the Waterfront Restoration Project at the Bob Shepard Highland Landing Park
the Canoe-Kayak Launch at Black Creek

Honorable Mention - 2008 Green Building Competition - NY House magazine

Member organizations:
USGBC - Upstate Chapter - Hudson Valley branch

Recommended Builders:
Anthony Aebi of Greenhill Contracting

Recommended Energy Raters:
Pasquale Strocchia of Integral Building & Design

Local LED light supplier: in Highland, NY

Helpful info:
How to select an architect

June 2014 USGBC presentation (1 CE credit):
Deep Energy Retrofits for Existing Buildings
0 - Intro pages    1 - Rosendale
2 - Kingston    3 - Gardiner    4 - New Paltz
5 - Esopus    6 - Stone Ridge    7 - Highland    8 - Port Ewen
BOLDER Architecture - Green Architect - Hudson Valley Architecture
BOLDER Architecture,

Located in the beautiful Town of New Paltz and providing architectural services to the local communities,
Cities, Villages, Towns and Hamlets of Gardiner, Rosendale, Stone Ridge, Accord, Kerhonkson, Krumville, Olivebridge, West Shokan, Shokan, 
Hurley, Sawkill, Kingston, Zena, Woodstock, Shady, Mt. Tremper, Phoenicia, Shandaken, Big Indian, Saugerties, Palenville, Tannersville, Hunter, Windham,
Leeds, Athens, Coxsackie, Kinderhook, Chatham, Canaan, Spencertown, Ghent, Greenport, Hudson, Taghkanic, Tivoli, Ancram, Red Hook, Rhinebeck,
Rhinecliff, Staatsburg, Millbrook, Hyde Park, Poughkeepsie, Wappingers Falls, Beacon, Newburgh, Washingtonville, Monroe, Greenwood Lake, Middletown,
Port Jervis, Monticello, Liberty, Ellenville, Napanoch, Wawarsing, Cragsmoor, Montgomery, Walden, Marlboro, Milton, Modena, Clintondale, Highland,
Plattekill, Ardonia, Wallkill, Pine Bush, Lloyd, Esopus, Marbletown, and Shawangunk in the mountains and farmland, forest and field, cliffs and rivers of 
Ulster County, Dutchess County, Orange County, Green County, Columbia County, Sullivan County, Rockland County, Putnam County, Westchester County
in the spectacular Hudson Valley, Shawangunk Ridge, Catskill and Adirondack Mountains of New York State.
Articles & Publications:
Wikipedia - Zero-Energy Building
NY section ~ 3/4 down page

Zero Place - Building of Excellence,
New Paltz Times, 12/23/2019

"A Retrofit for the Future",
Fine Homebuilding, May 2014

"Affordable Net-Zero Community Development Underway in New York",, 6/30/13

"Saving a lot of green",
New Paltz Times, 1/24/13

"Going for Zero",
Solar Today, June 2012

"Input Regarding a 
Non-Vented Attic",, 3/22/2012

"Upstate, Inside: A net-Zero Neighborhood in New Paltz",, 3/9/2012

"Upstate, Redone",, 2/24/2012

"Bob Shepard Park Plan Gains Momentum",
Southern Ulster Times, 2/22/2012

"The Faces of Sustainable Agriculture",
New York House, June 2011

"The Question: Is a 
Net-Zero Energy Home a Reality?",
Chronogram, 5/26/11

"Zero Energy in New Paltz",
The Zest of Orange, 4/19/11

"On the House",
NY Daily News, 4/8/11

"The Garden Show with Sally Spillane", WKZE 98.1 FM, 3/20/11

"Nation's First Zero-Net Energy 
Home Development", Mid-Hudson 
Energy $mart Communities 
newsletter, Winter 2011 Edition

"The Faces of Green Development",
New York House, January 2011

"Going Net-Zero in New York State",
Solar Today, July/August 2010

Hudson Valley Clean Energy
press release, March 2010

"Mapping Green",
New York House, February 2010

"Zero-Net Energy Homes",
New York House, August 2009

"Green Acres: Developer to Build
Zero Energy Homes in New Paltz",
New Paltz Times , 8/7/08

"Design-build: A new path to
 a custom home",
New Paltz Times, 3/22/07

"Rosendale River House Rocks",
Times Herald Record, 2/18/07
Hudson Valley Sustainable Design - Deep Energy Retrofit