Yestermorrow Design/Build School in Waitsfield, Vermont offers over 80 hands-on courses per year in design, construction, woodworking, and architectural craft and offers a variety of courses concentrating in sustainable design. Now in its 35th year, Yestermorrow is one of the only design/build schools in the country, teaching both design and construction skills. Our hands-on 1-day to 3-week workshops, certificate programs and semester programs are taught by top architects, builders, and craftspeople from across the country. For people of all ages and experience levels, from novice to professional.

Friday, November 18, 2011

What Are They Doing Now?

Ever wonder what former Yestermorrow interns are up to? Here are a few updates from around the globe…

Hannah Barrows was married this summer. She’s been living in Scotland where she recently finished her graduate degree, and currently she’s traveling in Nepal volunteering on farms and planning to build a house in the not-too-distant future.

Iago Lowe has a new name… Iago Hale. He and his wife Erin (also a former YM staffer) recently moved to Durham NH with their daughter Zadie. Iago has a new position as an Assistant Professor in the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture at UNH.

Kristin Engelbrecht-Bleem is living in Seattle, WA and running her own small business, Eager Beaverworks, doing mostly renovation and house painting ( Outside of work she is actively pursuing her Aikido practice.

Kendall Barbery just started her first year of grad school at Yale’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

Jeremy Culver and his wife Carlie welcomed their third child, Jayce Alan Culver, into the world on April 4th. They live in Seattle where Jeremy works for a design/build firm.

Tom Virant and his wife Yumiko welcomed their second child, Wilson Akira, in June. They have a practice together called Virant Design based in Asheville, NC. A house they recently built was featured in the New York Times this past August.

Mike Sullivan married Jen Williams and they had a big party in September at #10 Pond in Calais, VT. They live in Montpelier, VT and have a young daughter named Ella.

Sunne Durzy is working as a nurse at the Brattleboro Retreat.

Andrew Mountcastle recently moved back to the east coast and is living in the Boston area.

Andreas Stavropoulos just moved his office into the “big city” of San Francisco and has a new business partner. Their work is mainly focused on landscape architecture-

Anne Marie Flusche is back in school at Cornell University studying urban planning. She just built a sweet chicken coop.

Ben Cheney is teaching at Yestermorrow a lot, 2 days/week in the new semester program as well as leading the Woodworking Certificate program. When not at Yestermorrow he has launched a new business called Construct, and has a shop in Montpelier which he shares with Eyrich Stauffer.

Zach Hunter is living in Montpelier and building full time. He’s currently working on a large barn for Vermont Wildwoods.

Kristen Zeiber recently moved to Somerville, MA and is working on a graduate degree at MIT.

Ted Kilcommons has been working on a variety of design/build renovation and furniture projects out of his shop in Brooklyn, NY ( where he occasionally collaborates with Peter Buley (

Mary Kate Wheeler is out in Spokane, Washington where she and her boyfriend Brian run Ornery Heron Farm.

Zach Lamb is a design/builder in New Orleans, with a practice called CrookedWorks Architecture.

Brian Malone has been building quite a few timber frames since his Yestermorrow internship. Now he’s back in school at Oregon State University for engineering in Corvallis, OR.

Anya Brickman Raredon recently finished her graduate degree at MIT in Urban Planning and Design and has been working with rebuilding projects in Haiti as a Research Scientist & Haiti Projects Manager at MIT Center for Advanced Urbanism.

Gabriel Rogers finished his two years in the Peace Corps in El Salvador and more recently has been traveling to Argentina, where he is planning to work on some natural building projects.

Sean Dalton is a full time timberframer with Timber Homes LLC in Vershire, VT (

Annie Murphy is back at Yestermorrow, as a Teaching Assistant for the fall Semester Program.

Anna Morrison is working for Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity as a Site Supervisor, leading their Women Build project.

Meaghan Pierce-Delaney is back in the states after teaching landscape architecture for the past few years at the Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand. Now she’s back in Brooklyn and is expecting a baby in January!

Jessa Turner and her husband Nathan purchased a beautiful piece of property and launched their own business HomeGrown HideAways, a 100 acre farm located 11 miles from Berea, KY, offering an ecological retreat for folks interested sustainability, conservation, and the beauty of the natural environment. ( .

Kelly Cutchin moved back to Auburn, Maine (near she grew up) where she and her boyfriend are renovating an old farmhouse they recently bought.

Andy Schlatter is a practicing architect at KieranTimberlake in Philadelphia, where he lives with his partner Krista and their two young daughters, Ruby and Frances.

Nick Donowitz and his wife Julia Bunting welcomed their first child, Brock Joseph Donowitz, this summer. They live in Toronto where Nick works as Business & Corporate Development Manager for Heliae, LLC, a company developing algae-based fuels.

Jon Mingle has spent most of the past year in Ladakh, India helping to build a passive solar community center for a small village. Also an accomplished freelance journalist, he had pieces published this year in the Dartmouth Alumni Magazine, and the 2011 Patagonia catalog. He was awarded one of Middlebury College’s Fellowships in Environmental Journalism in 2011, which will allow him to travel to Brazil to report on environmental issues there.

Ji Shon and Sam Kraft are both in school at the University of Washington working on Masters of Architecture degrees.

Bob O’Hara is in law school at Loyola University and started his own business doing solar installations in New Orleans, where he is Co-founder and Systems Integrator at Sustainable Systems Integrators (SSI) LLC.

Kate Blofson just started grad school at UVM where she is a Master’s student in the Rubenstein School for Environment and Natural Resources and an Education and Outreach Fellow for the Office of Sustainability focusing on the Clean Energy Fund.

Joanne Garton lives in Montpelier, VT with her partner Michael and they have a young son named Liam.

Jacob Mushlin recently finished a timber frame project as part of his Practicum for the Certificate in Sustainable Building and Design at Yestermorrow, where he designed and then worked with volunteers and students to construct an outdoor wash station for the group New Farms for New Americans, based at Burlington’s Intervale. He also has a new dog named Oscar.

Lauren Faulkner-Duncan and her wife Jen Sandler welcomed their son, Julian Mitchell Sandler-Duncan on July 23rd. They live in Portland, ME, where Lauren is a practicing designer-builder. Over the past year she built a beautiful teardrop trailer- check it out at

Dan Wheeler just started his first year of Architecture school at Norwich University and is living in Plainfield, VT.

Nadia Khan is living in Argentina with her husband Tomas and young son Khalil where they are building a house and she is creating beautiful stained glass.

Megan McNally and Andrea Kelchlin are working together in Buffalo, NY at Rusted Grain, a new woodshop specializing in building with reused materials.

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