Geoffrey Barton
Mountain Housing Opportunities and Asheville Design Center


“Growing up in rural Kentucky, I spent many summer days with my parents collecting fish and water samples from streams that were often littered with discarded appliances and old tires. My parents – both biology professors – led clean-up efforts and advocated limiting streamside industry to restore habitats. Their passion for ecology cultivated my awareness of civic ecosystems and led me to my own calling within the profession of architecture.”

Hosted by Mountain Housing Opportunities and Asheville Design Center in Asheville, N.C., Geoffrey is involved in urban neighborhood revitalization projects and in designing green, affordable single-family home prototypes to fit a variety of site conditions. He is working to find ways to draw on the strengths of each of his host organizations through creative collaborations, including a site design charrette for a future multifamily rental development.

Geoffrey has worked on a project in Asheville’s historic African-American business district as well as several multifamily rental developments. “The opportunity to work in a variety of different locations, from historic urban sites to rural communities, as well as at vastly different scales – from a 15-acre site to a bus shelter – has challenged me to think long and hard about designing what is appropriate for each context.”

A graduate of North Carolina State University with a Master of Architecture degree, Geoffrey also earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and Art History from Wake Forest University in North Carolina in 2009. Prior to his fellowship, he served as project designer at Van Meter Williams Pollack, supporting green, affordable, multifamily housing developments in San Francisco.

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