PETER PENNOYER, FAIA, is an architect, writer, educator and the founding principal of Peter Pennoyer Architects. He has co-authored, with Anne Walker, five books on American architectural history and is an adjunct professor in the Urban Design and Architecture Studies program at New York University. He uses his scholarship and knowledge of New York City to participate in the civic dialog among neighborhood groups, professionals, and government agencies by advocating for positions and designs he feels reflect the values of his firm: architecture that is contextual and respectful to the fabric of the city.

Peter is president of the Whiting Foundation, a nonprofit that supports writers and scholars, is a trustee of the Morgan Library & Museum, and is a member of the National Register of Peer Professionals in the Design Excellence Program of the General Services Administration. He has served as chairman and board member of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art and in 2014 he was elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects. Peter’s lectures and presentations have reached audiences across the country and cover topics ranging from architectural history and preservation theory to current practice. He was recently honored by the Preservation League of New York State with the Pillar of New York Award for his research and books on historic architecture and by the College of Charleston with the Albert Simons Medal of Excellence for historic preservation and traditional architectural design.

Peter is a graduate of Columbia University (B.A.) and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (M. Arch.). In 2017, he received an Honorary Degree of Doctor and Fine Arts from the New York School of Interior Design. Peter and his wife, interior designer Katie Ridder, have three children and live in New York City and Millbrook, NY. 

Recently Authored Articles:

“The Past & Future of Notre Dame,” The New Criterion, Volume 37, No. 10, June 2019

“Yale’s Sense of Place,” The New Criterion, Volume 36, No. 1, September 2017

Peter is licensed in New York, California, Connecticut, Florida, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, Ohio, Rhode Island, Texas, and Virginia.


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