Taitem is an engineering firm founded in 1989 with a focus on energy efficiency and green building design. Our award-winning Solar division has installed hundreds of solar photo voltaic systems for homes, businesses and public facilities. Our engineering design staff provides mechanical, electrical, plumbing and structural services.

See-learn-explore Taitem’s innovative design of solar electric systems for homes and businesses, and energy-efficient green buildings across Tompkins County and New York State. Designers will show photos, provide remote solar site assessments and give tours. Enjoy harvest-themed refreshments from local farms and food businesses.


October 7: STREAM Collaborative Architecture + Landscape Architecture


STREAM Collaborative Architecture + Landscape Architecture 123 South Cayuga Street, Suite 201

STREAM is a small but growing firm offering a wide array of services in design, architecture, landscape architecture and new media as it relates to environmental graphics and the built environment. For the AIA Firm Crawl we will be featuring several projects currently on the boards including our Tiny Timber affordable housing solution, the Ithaka Terraces 12-unit hillside community, the final results of the Form Ithaca planning initiative, and 201 College Ave purpose built housing for students

October 7: SPEC Consulting


SPEC Consulting 123 South Cayuga Street, Suite 304

Engineering and architectural firm designing all aspects of residential, commercial and mixed-use building remodeling and new construction projects.  On display will be multiple local and nearby projects including a number of single family residential projects along with a new office building and a multi-use historic building conversion project which includes new first floor commercial space as well as 70 apartment units on upper floors and a new rooftop addition.  We’ll also be showcasing a new cluster development being designed in conjunction with a local developer/contractor to begin construction this Fall on Five Mile Drive / Floral Ave.

October 7: John Snyder Architects


John Snyder Architects 700 Cascadilla St. Suite 203

Celebrating over 13 years in business, John Snyder Architects (JSA) is a small, award-winning, strategically-focused Architectural and Interior Design firm. JSA works with Corporate, Government, Higher Education, Industrial, Historic, Hospitality, Pharmaceutical, Private Development and Retail clients throughout New York and northern Pennsylvania.  JSA is based in Ithaca with an additional office located in Manhattan.

John Snyder Architects will be hosting Kevin Scott from Canaan Alexander from Rochester to discuss wall system design and systems considered and utilized for the Carey Building project in Ithaca.  Additionally, JSA will be presenting design information as it relates to this innovative project.  We will also have ice cream for those who visit our office courtesy of Purity.

October 7: HOLT Architects


HOLT Architects 619 W State St

Celebrating over 50 Years in Business, HOLT Architects is an award-winning architecture, planning and interior design firm that has been an integral member of the Ithaca community since 1963. HOLT has worked on hundreds of Community, Healthcare and Higher Education design projects throughout Tompkins County and New York State, and helped countless clients achieve their goals through quality, innovative, flexible, and sustainable designs.

In addition to viewing several of HOLT’s local projects that are in design and construction, Gallery Night guests will be able to tour HOLT’s new 7,600sf Net-Zero energy design studio. HOLT’s new space not only exemplifies the HOLT culture with a focus on technology, teamwork, sustainability, and value; but also underscores HOLT’s practice of staying ahead of the latest trends and advancements in architecture and sustainability.

October 7: Chiang | O’Brien Architects


Chiang | O’Brien Architects 217 North Aurora Street (office is located on the 2nd floor)

Grace Chiang and Bob O’Brien founded Chiang O’Brien Architects in 2012, after working together for more than 30 years. In imagining a contemporary practice, their synergistic partnership between Grace Chiang and Bob O’Brien created a new firm based on forward thinking paradigms, and the recent move into new office space truly reflects the philosophies of the practice. Egalitarian ideals are manifested in the elimination of private offices, with all staff, from interns to principals, working side-by-side in an open office environment that engenders collaboration and creative expression. Architecture is about creating places for people to live, learn, work, and play. Chiang O’Brien is focused on designing sustainable buildings for institutions of higher education that foster creative thinking, teaching, research, and caregiving in supportive environments where our societal values can thrive.  Chiang | O’Brien Architects will be presenting Cornell Health and other new projects.

October 7: designFIRM CRAWL


Have you ever wondered what a design studio looks like or what an architect, engineer or designer does? If so, in conjunction with the Downtown Ithaca Alliance and with support from the American Institute of Architects, seven local Ithaca architecture, engineering, and design firms will open their doors to the public and showcase their people, projects, processes, and work environment.