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August 3, 2018
Member News

Dever Architects Welcomes a New, but Familiar Face

By Allison Klingler
Mike Webster, 2018. Dever Architects' Projects from the late 1990s: "The Old Mill," "Ramada Geneva Lakefront Hotel," "Mercedes-Benz West Chester," and "Private Residence, Greece."

In the late 1990s, Dever Architects was designing a modular hotel on the Seneca Lakefront, a mill adaptively reused for offices, a Mercedes-Benz dealership, and a custom home on the shoreline of Greece. And in the late 1990s, Mike Webster was an employee at Dever Architects.

Though he graduated with a B. Arch. from Drexel University in 1998, Mr. Webster had already begun his career in earnest two years earlier when Dever Architects gave him his first architectural job in 1996. Eventually, he became registered in New York State.

After leaving the Philadelphia area, he moved to Ithaca, New York, furthering his career with two different architecture firms. His work centered largely on renovations and improvements at Cornell University; he also contributed to projects for churches and other not-for-profits.

In his spare time, Mike variously served as treasurer of the Southern Tier component of the AIA; as a board member of Ten Thousand Villages’ Ithaca store; and as a responder with the Tompkins County American Red Cross Disaster Action Team. He also spent eighteen months helping with the dishes once a week in a local soup kitchen.

In 2015, Mike left Ithaca with his wife Pam and their dog Honey for a new home: a 1990 Pacific Seacraft 34 Crealock sailboat named Meander.

Dever Architects is thrilled to welcome back Mike, who is already fitting right in and is hard at work on one of the firm’s many hotel projects while looking to get more involved with the upcoming adaptive reuse projects.

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