Smaller is the New Big Idea

Jonathan Wright

Wright Builders

Founder & Senior Advisor
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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

at 5:00 pm

420 Shillman Hall

In Hinckley Trace – smaller duplex homes creating a sustainable, attractive, human-scale neighborhood community for all age ranges. Modest developer capital requirements and sales timeframe makes this development model available to medium size builders and it can be replicated.


Jonathan A. Wright, a graduate of Hampshire College from its founding years, is currently Founder and Senior Advisor of Wright Builders, Inc., a 44 year-old firm of approximately 30 employees, at the forefront of sustainable design and construction in Western New England. The firm is known for its progressive community involvement and forward looking organizational and management approaches. Wright Builders has had a key role in the redevelopment of the Northampton State Hospital property, known as Village Hill, where its work comprises the only fully LEED certified neighborhood in Massachusetts. The firm recently completed two projects; The Hitchcock Center for the Environment and Hampshire College’s R. W. Kern Center. Both in Amherst, MA, they aspire to the Living Building Challenge, the most demanding and inspired paradigm for environmentally responsible construction in the world. Jonathan is a US Rowing certified sculling coach. His first book of poetry, After the Rain, was published in 2014 by Gallery Of Readers Press. He lives in Northampton, Massachusetts with his wife, pianist and teacher Margaret Kelsey Wright.