Larry Windes

Profile Updated: November 23, 2010
Residing In: Santa Maria de Dota Costa Rica
Spouse/Partner: wife- Cindy (Apfel) Windes (TUHS class of '72)
Occupation: Architect (somewhat retired)
Children: Vanessa hope Windes, born 1980

After TUHS, yours truly spent 7 years in a 5 year Professional Architectural program at ASU. Finally graduating in 1968 and suffering from wanderlust, it was North to Aspen, Colorado for six years as an erstwhile ski bum and hippie Architect. The city council decided that "No Growth" was the new deal, so it was off to Manhattan for a year of doing a master Plan and design for "Bridgemarket" under the Queensborough Bridge. This was 1975 and realizing that getting zoning and building permits for the project was going to take a while (in fact, it took 25 years) I moved back to Tempe. While staying at the parents house on Ash Avenue, who should bicycle up but that cute Cindy Apfel. One thing followed another and this ol' cradle robber wed the love of his life, the marriage being still intact over thirty years later.

Daughter Vanessa came along on 1980 and in 1986 we moved to Saudi Arabia where I worked for a Saudi friend who was a newly big time Architect in Jeddah. Cindy taught computers at Vanessa's school and we spent two years as expatriates in that oh! so different society. Just about the time that Cindy was ready to strangle someone, my boss offered us the opportunity to move to Cairo, Egypt and open a branch office. We gratefully "Jetted outta Jeddah" and then experienced the next six years in the most incredible slice of history on the planet. For an Architect to visit Cairo is an epiphany, to live there, was wondrous. Cindy once again taught and Vanessa experienced growing up with children from 60 countries in carefree and safe environs of huge flowering trees and donkey carts.

In January 1995, we packed it all up and uprooted our sobbing daughter back to Tempe, Arizona and eighth grade at McKemy Elementary school where the students asked how many days did it take to drive to Cairo. When her teacher asked how many of the students had been out of the USA, three hands were raised. One child had been to Canada, one to Mexico and Vanessa had been around the world three times. It took her three years to finally assimilate.

Cindy spent 1995 through 2007 as an Administrator with Motorola and later National Semiconductor while she continued to spoil me and raise Vanessa along with two and a half dozen geek engineers at the office. I opened my own small Architectural and Development business and continued to design and build a series of fun and rewarding projects (actually, more fun than rewarding, as it turned out). The last project was an 18 unit condominium project in partnership with Maruja Vargas (Janice Kirchner) I was the Architect and Maruja was the Contractor and Realtor for The Salado Grand which was the first Gold Star Energy rated multi-family building in Arizona. It was also designed to be completely off-line solar (no electrical utility connection) but for some strange reason, the city of Tempe would not allow the rooftop solar collectors to be installed over the courtyard. Hmmmm?

After preaching about Self-Sufficiency in Architecture (thirty years before anything was called "Sustainable") but having never actually lived that way personally, Cindy and I decided the time was ripe for another move. We were able to sell our house just before the market begin to tank, and we crammed all our stuff into a container and shipped it off, and then ourselves down South to the beautiful coffee mountains of Costa Rica.

Why Costa Rica? You will have to email us (also Google the website Larry if you want to see more drivel about that, but suffice to say, the 3 1/2 years since have been a delight.

School Story:

Gotta think about that.

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Jun 07, 2017 at 6:39 AM

C.W. Nobody forgot you, except those with Alzheimer's and they are exempt. Glad to see you back and look forward to seeing you sometime when Cindy and I venture North again.

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Posted on: Mar 02, 2017 at 2:52 PM

Back in Paris... We were here and only a couple of miles from the attacks of November 13, 2015.

In the background, Notre Dame. Our apartment was a few shot blocks away on Ile St. Louis, a small island on the Seine river.
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Mar 02, 2017 at 2:48 PM

How about a coffee morning at the usual venue on either Thursday the 20th or Friday the 21st of April, 2017?

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Aug 18, 2014 at 3:39 AM

Hi Ray, looking forward to seeing you on the 25th of September.

Jun 06, 2014 at 5:31 PM

Best wishes for a happy birthday and years and years to come.

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Posted: Dec 16, 2013 at 10:07 PM
Cindy and Larry on November 21, 2010 a half mile up the mountain above the cabina.
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In a coffee shop near the beach in Quepos on the pacific side of Costa Rica. This town is adjacent to Manuel Antonio Park, the premier of Costa Rica's many national parks. The beach is a breathtaking two hour drive down a jungle road from our home in Santa Maria de Dota. Photo-2008
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Top view- in Crested Butte, Colorado in 1999
Right- two wierdos on Halloween in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia in 1986.
Bottom- Our daughter Vanessa. Tempe in 1997
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Larry Windes: Photo by Dan Clark, 1959 or 1960