Douglas J. Templeton
My name is Doug Templeton and I'm a licensed architect in New York State. I'm located in Rochester, NY and work at a firm downtown.
Architecture has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. As a kid, I'd play with blocks and Legos, and draw intricate floor plans, or invent machinery that would never work but looked cool to a 12 year old. Heavily into visual arts, I went to SUNY New Paltz for my undergraduate degree in Art Education. I came back to Rochester to teach art and after a few interim jobs, landed a position at a new charter school as the art teacher. I realized pretty quickly on that this wasn't for me. Aside from being the hardest job I'd ever held, I found myself daydreaming of design solutions for empty downtown lots, sketching out facades and small floor plans, all while I should have been doing lesson plans or grading. Then it finally clicked for me. Whatever I am doing when I'm supposed to be working is what I should make my job. It took me until I was 25 to figure this out. I enrolled in architecture school at Rochester Institute of Technology the following year and didn't look back. I graduated among the top of the class in 2019, and received my license in 2021. I like to think my visual arts background helps me bring a unique approach to a project. With a focus on sustainability at RIT, I can also help clients save time, money, and energy with design decisions and material selections that promote healthy and environmentally supportive lifestyles.