Peter Pennoyer Architects is an award-winning practice in traditional architecture recognized as a leader in classicism and historic preservation. Based in Manhattan and with an office in Miami, Florida, the firm has built a substantial and varied body of work across the country and abroad for residential, commercial, and institutional commissions often involving historic buildings. For the past twenty-five years, Peter Pennoyer and his partners have grounded the firm’s projects in a forward-looking interpretation of history; they believe that architectural practices in the past leave us potent lessons that are relevant to contemporary architectural challenges.
Peter Pennoyer, FAIA and his four partners, Elizabeth Graziolo, AIA, James Taylor, AIA, Jennifer Gerakaris, AIA, Thomas Nugent, AIA and the firm’s Director of Design, Gregory Gilmartin, have shaped the practice around the proposition that architectural history is a valuable resource and consider each project a research challenge resting on a profound appreciation for and thorough knowledge of history and context. Architects are encouraged to study and draw inspiration in the over 10,000 volumes in the firm’s research library, resulting in designs that are a convergence of scholarship and creative invention.
“My colleagues and I look for poise and harmony in the connections between modern taste and great historical models,” Pennoyer says of the firm’s perspective. This freshness of approach and light hand are apparent in the firm’s designs, which exhibit a wide-ranging command of styles. From the Shingle style of New England to the Arts and Crafts tradition of the Pacific Coast to Victorian style architecture for an Italianate row house in the Greenwich Village Historic District, PPA absorbs the history and the vernacular of an area and remakes it to become its own. Each project becomes a collaborative effort that synthesizes the premises of the commission, the voice of the client, and the creative talents of the architects, designers, and craftsmen. Their efforts have led them to new project types, from the headquarters for Historic Hudson Valley, to the adaptive reuse of an historic gymnasium at the Hotchkiss School into a LEED-gold-certified multi-use facility, to a new 17-story condominium tower in Manhattan influenced by the prewar architecture of Delano & Aldrich and Rosario Candela.
The firm relies on traditional methods of design, such as hand drawing, but embraces cutting edge technology and computer design tools. The firm’s investment in 3D imaging and 3D printing gives it the infrastructure to imagine forms and see them through to tangible prototypes within the design development period of many of its projects. This remarkable bridge from design to production allows the firm to bring individuality to every project.
Peter Pennoyer Architects has been widely published in newspapers, books, and periodicals and is listed in Architectural Digest’s AD100.