J.C. Calderón, AIA, LEED AP, is founder of Green Tree Architects in Beacon NY. He is currently collaborating on a new 642 room hotel in Manhattan’s Times Square area for the Riu Hotel & Resorts chain with Beacon architects Chris Berg & Jon Moss. He is the founder of The Beacon Public Space Project, a nonprofit community based group dedicated to improving public space in Beacon and founded on the idea that public space needs public participation if it is to improve. The BPSP was founded on July 14, 2012 upon the centennial celebrations of folk artist Woody Guthrie. Upon the 100th anniversary of Beacon in 2013, the BPSP is sponsoring projects to support public space improvements in Beacon & beyond. He received his Master of Architecture from the Yale School of Architecture and a Bachelor of Arts from Williams College. Mr. Calderon lives in Beacon, NY with his wife, daughter and son.