Artist / Designer / Realtor / Retired Paramedic
in Buffalo, NY
Jean-Michel Reed works as a realtor, designer and artist in Buffalo, NY. He moved to Buffalo in 1992 as a paramedic working primarily in Buffalo’s West Side, but also city-wide as a supervisor and for a time on Mercy Flight. He attended the University at Buffalo where he graduated in 2002 with a MA in Architecture. Since then he has worked as a realtor, founded his own real estate company, and also as a designer most recently designing Paradise Wine and Las Puertas, both on Buffalo’s West Side. He and his wife Claire Schneider are presently developing small commercial buildings and projects.
BY JEAN-MICHEL REED
@ VOL 17
ON SEP 15, 2016
"An architect, it seems, has to be an optimist and idealist. That by building we're somehow making the world a better place. But before you need buildings, you need people."
In Collage City from PechaKucha Buffalo Vol. 17, artist, designer, realtor and retired paramedic, Jean-Michel Reed, shares stories and perceptions of Buffalo, New York as an intimate outsider. Reed moved to Buffalo in 1992, working first as a paramedic, and later transitioning to both a designer and a realtor as the city attempted an about face. Cites are made first of people, and then within those individual people, of experiences. It is this combination of convergent and divergent experiences that construct the sociological makeup of place and city, which, in turn manufactures the physical landscape.
This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Wednesday, December 14th, 2016.