About us

About Greater Living Architecture, P.C.

Greater Living Architecture has served western NY for over 40 years, providing plans for thousands of new homes, additions, renovations and commercial structures.


Greater Living Architecture

Team GLA

Our Team

The Greater Living Team has been involved in the architectural design profession with a combined experience of over 100 years. Greater Living has been involved with every Homearama show since the show’s inception.

We approach all projects, big and small, with attention to detail and consideration of what the customer wants and needs.

Joseph O'Donnell | AIA NCARB

Joseph P. O'Donnell, AIA, NCARB

President and Registered Architect

Joe is the President of Greater Living Architecture, PC. and is a registered Architect in the states of New York and New Jersey.

Joe’s experience includes the design and construction management of multi-story structures including the Robert H. Jackson U.S. Courthouse, nursing homes, townhomes and retail power centers. He also has extensive experience with new build, conceptual and renovation projects of restaurants, worship centers, office buildings, multi-family units and industrial/manufacturing facilities. Joe also provides development consulting services for a multitude of industries and is a current member of the City of Rochester Zoning Board.

Early is his career, Joe began with Cushman & Wakefield in New York City and later moved to Ciminelli Construction and Benderson Development. In 1999, he formed O’Donnell & Associates Inc. which provided architectural and construction management services around the greater Rochester area. Joe holds master’s degrees in both Architecture and Business Administration from the State University of New York at Buffalo and is a current member of the American Institute of Architects.

Joe enjoys the company of his two children when they are in town and is an active hockey player for a local men’s league.

Chris Keil

Chris Keil

Vice President and Senior Designer

Chris is an award winning and highly creative designer with extensive experience in all facets of architecture. He is dedicated to design excellence with a focus on delivering design solutions that are creative, innovative, and distinctive. Chris’ primary objective is to satisfy all the needs his clients have, in such a way that it results in a sense of delight in their new homes.

Using a cooperative work approach, Chris has designed many of the best-selling houses for our local builders in upstate NY. He is keenly aware of production and pricing issues facing production home builders, and therefore offers cutting edge, highly appealing designs that are well-suited for today's economic realities.

Chris joined the firm in 1986 after graduating from Alfred State College with a bachelor’s degree in architecture.


Roger Langer Jr. | AIA

Roger Langer Jr., AIA

Commercial Partner and Registered Architect

Roger is a detail oriented Senior Architect whose career has been multi-dimensional with an emphasis on multi-family housing facilities. His diverse background includes experience with many agencies including the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Economic and Development - Rural Housing Division, NYS Homes and Community Renewal, NYS Housing Finance Agency, and the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York. Additional experience includes the design of new office buildings, hotels, restaurants, automobile dealerships, retail facilities, industrial/manufacturing buildings, and historic preservation/restoration projects.

He is a graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo, attaining both a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in Architecture. Roger is a New York State Registered Architect and a member of the American Institute of Architects.

Roger has a keen interest in the Building Code and takes great pride in designing structures that meet code requirements but not the whims and fancies of local building departments.

He is the proud parent of three daughters and three granddaughters and spends free time golfing and walking along the Erie Canal with his wife and their American Bulldog. He dreams of one day owning a vacation home in Key West and a 1972 Plymouth Barracuda.

Chris Bonanno

Chris Bonanno

Senior Designer

A graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo, Chris has been designing award winning homes for Greater Living Architecture since 1998.

As one of our Senior Designers, Chris has a simple philosophy behind his creations – he designs each home, each interesting space, as if his family were to call it their own.

Chris is originally from Penfield, NY but now resides in Brighton, NY with his wife, Kelly, daughter, Ava, son, Jackson, and family dog, Moe.


Amanda Mnich

Amanda Mnich

Architect Intern

Amanda joined our team in 2013 and shares a great passion for design, interaction with clients, marketing and the utilization of graphical representation and 3D renderings to bring her designs to life. Originally from the New York State capital region, Amanda has been immersed in architecture her whole life through her family and travels to Europe.

Amanda excels at designing homes and commercial establishments for some of the top builders in western New York. Amanda has a bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Alfred State College and is currently pursuing her architectural license. In her free time, she enjoys baking, wood working and DIY projects.

Kodie Tompkins

Kodie Tomkins

Architect Intern

Kodie’s design experience includes residential, commercial, multi-family, office/retail, warehouse and multi-level structures. He uses 3D and graphical representation to add style and functionality to his designs which ultimately helps with project feasibility and cost optimization. Looking ahead in his career, Kodie plans to become a licensed architect. He joined our team in 2018.

Kodie grew up working with his father building houses, which helped tremendously in his architectural schooling and career to date; melding together his ability to see how a plan will come together with the construction knowledge he has as part of his background. Kodie graduated from Alfred State College where he studied Architectural Technology.

Kodie enjoys spending time with his family and being outdoors, especially hunting and fishing.

Kelly Sample

Kelly Sample

Director of Marketing and Communications

Kelly joined our team in 2018 and a large part of her focus is on business development, project management and client engagement for the commercial division. In addition, Kelly supports the team from an internal operations perspective ensuring that our designers continue to provide the highest level of service to our valued clients.

As part of her career, Kelly has experience with internal and client-facing communications, sales operations support and project management. Kelly holds an MBA from the University of Rochester Simon School of Business and is Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certified.

Kelly has four children who keep her running . . . everywhere. She enjoys yoga, genealogy and being with family and friends.

Tammy Kapral

Tammy Kapral

Business Manager

Tammy started at Greater Living in 2006, bringing over 31 years of hands-on office experience and client service expertise. As our Business Manager, she manages all aspects related to engaging the client from managing the execution of offline and online marketing plans, invoicing/billing, financial reporting and many operational requirements of the firm, including IT.

As part of the GLA team, Tammy ensures that our designers can provide clients with their undivided attention and, as such, their full creativity.

Tammy is an avid gardener



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