POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – At Tinkelman Architecture, Robert Turner is known as “the librarian.”
The firm’s Architect Project Manager, Turner is also the staff’s source of institutional knowledge. And it’s no wonder. The highly experienced designer recently celebrated 25 years at the firm. Turner joined the company in 1997.
“Rob is invaluable to Tinkelman Architecture, a steady hand and skilled designer who has forged strong long-term relationships with our clients,” said Steven Tinkelman, the managing partner, who founded the firm just a few years before Turner joined the team. “He knows the Hudson Valley and has demonstrated a commitment to quality design and to bringing clients’ visions to life.”
Turner has been involved in some 150 projects in various positions at the firm, leaving his design mark throughout the region in small home additions, large commercial and mixed-used projects and civic works.
“I enjoy developing unique and creative solutions to meet the needs of an office building, park, grocery store or public building,” Turner said. “At Tinkelman Architecture, we strive for design that provides functionality and comfort in a building that stands as an attractive addition to its environment.”
A resident of the mid-Hudson Valley since 1977, Turner enjoys seeing people living, working and spending leisure time in the projects he helped create. These include Poughkeepsie’s Upper Landing Park, which transformed an abandoned industrial site and reclaimed a section of the Hudson River waterfront for the public; and the Pleasant Valley Mill Site and Memorial Park, where a 1700s mill that had fallen into disrepair was revived into a quiet refuge along the Wappinger Creek. The remaining building on the site serves as a museum and meeting place for the Pleasant Valley Historical Society.
Since beginning at Tinkelman, Turner has been involved in the firm’s longstanding collaboration with Adams Fairacre Farms stores, a beloved regional staple. When Turner joined Tinkelman, Adams had two stores, in Poughkeepsie and Kingston. Turner was involved in the design of the Newburgh and Wappinger stores, as well as the expansion of the Poughkeepsie store and a remodeling of the Kingston location.
He also was involved in the conversion of a former warehouse on the west side of the Poughkeepsie Train Station into a prominent commercial and retail destination. The building, which is more than a century old, survived the demolition of many others nearby in the 1960s. It is now home to several businesses, including the popular Mahoney’s Irish Pub & Steakhouse.
“It’s nice to be able to dine there and see people enjoying themselves, and remember that it started as an abandoned warehouse taking up a prominent site within view of Poughkeepsie’s Hudson River waterfront,” he said.
Turner’s quarter century at Tinkelman makes up most of his career as an architect. He earned a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the New York Institute of Technology – Westbury in 1986 and received his architect’s license in 1991.
About Tinkelman Architecture
Founded in 1992 by Steven Tinkelman, Tinkelman Architecture is a full-service architecture and planning firm dedicated to the betterment of the Hudson Valley, its communities, and its built environment. Committed to excellence, the Tinkelman team believes in addressing architecture from every angle. Tinkelman proudly provides clients with diverse solutions for their wide-ranging needs. The team does so by leveraging their unique skills and experiences, as well as some of the best leading-edge technology the architecture, engineering and construction industry has to offer. Learn more at tinkarch.com/