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Garland deGraffenried
Managing Director of Development, SHVO

B.Arch, Syracuse University 2009


As managing director of development at SHVO, a luxury development and investment firm in New York City, deGraffenried oversees the northeast region of the company’s extensive real estate portfolio and is responsible for the management and execution of luxury residential, commercial and hospitality projects.

A native of Westminster, Massachusetts, deGraffenried is a graduate of Oakmont Regional High School. He earned his Bachelor of Architecture degree in 2009 from Syracuse University’s School of Architecture. As a recipient of an inaugural SU Engagement Fellowship, deGraffenried worked post-graduation in his first architectural role as a designer at King + King Architects studying architecture’s impact on real estate value and success.

In 2010, deGraffenried began his development career with Alloy Development, where he led the design, planning and project management of several luxury residential buildings in Brooklyn, New York. From 2013–18, he was the director of development at Toll Brothers. Prior to joining SHVO, deGraffenried worked at DDG leading design-driven residential developments in New York City and Miami.

In addition to his duties at SHVO, deGraffenried is the founder and board president of The deGraffenried Foundation (The dF), a nonprofit organization that supports students in need within the design industry. Focused on creating award and scholarship programs for aspiring designers facing financial barriers, The dF connects talented students with industry leaders.

As an architecture alumnus in a non-traditional career, deGraffenried often connects with current and future students who are eager to learn more about real estate development through the School’s alumni mentoring network. He is an adjunct professor at Fordham University’s Real Estate Institute, teaching both certificate and graduate courses.