Peter Pennoyer

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Exterior photograph of a townhouse in New York City's Upper East Side, representative of Peter Pennoyer Architects' work.

Peter Pennoyer FAIA (born on February 19, 1957 in New York City, New York, United States of America) is an award-winning architect and principal of Peter Pennoyer Architects[1] in New York City. Pennoyer, his four partners, and his fifty associates have an international practice in traditional and classical architecture, or New Classical Architecture. Many of the firm's institutional and commercial projects have involved historic buildings,[2] and it is stated by Institute of Classical Architecture & Art that the firm's strength is for "deftly fusing history and creative invention into timeless contemporary designs."[3]

The firm's projects have been widely featured in newspapers, books, and periodicals, including The New York Times,[4] Architectural Digest,[5] The Wall Street Journal,[6] Elle Decor,[7] and House & Garden.

The Vendome Press published Peter Pennoyer Architects: Apartments, Townhouses, Country Houses,[8] which features twenty of the firm's projects in October 2010.[9] In 2016, The Vendome Press published "A House in the Country"[10] which chronicles the process of Pennoyer and his wife, Katie Ridder, designing their own dream house and garden in Millbrook, NY.[11]

Education and Family[edit]

Pennoyer received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Columbia College in 1981 and a Masters of Architecture from Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation in 1984.

While in graduate school from 1981 to 1983, Pennoyer worked as a designer in the Manhattan office of his Columbia professor, Robert A. M. Stern. He established his own practice in 1984, where he was a principal in the firm Pennoyer Turino Architects P. C. until 1990. He then formed Peter Pennoyer Architects in New York City.

Pennoyer is married to Katie Ridder, an interior designer. Together they have three children: Jane, Anthony, and Virginia. They reside in Bronxville, New York.


Pennoyer is the co-author of five monographs on American architectural history:[12] The Architecture of Delano & Aldrich,[13] The Architecture of Warren & Wetmore,[14] The Architecture of Grosvenor Atterbury,[15] "New York Transformed: The Architecture of Cross & Cross",[16] and Harrie T. Lindeberg and the American Country House[17] with Anne Walker. He and Walker have also written the introduction for a reprint of Frank M. Snyder’s Building Details.[18]

Leadership and Affiliations[edit]

Peter Pennoyer is President of the Whiting Foundation[19] which sponsors the Whiting Awards and is a trustee of The Morgan Library & Museum.[20] He is Chairman of the Fellowship Committee for the Sir John Soane's Museum Foundation,[21] a National Peer Reviewer of the U.S. General Services Administration, Washington D.C., and a lifetime member of the Society of Architectural Historians. He was chairman of the board of The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art from 2009-2013.

Since 2011, Peter Pennoyer has been an adjunct professor in the Department of Art History: Department of Urban Design and Architecture Studies at New York University.[22]


Peter Pennoyer Architects is on Architectural Digest's AD100 List,[23] which represents the current outstanding talents in architecture and interior design. Peter was elected to the General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen in 2016[24] and received the 2017 Albert Simons Medal of Excellence from the College of Charleston.[25] In 2017, Peter Pennoyer Architects won the Arthur Ross Award for architecture.[26] The firm won the Bulfinch Award in 2017 to Preserve and Advance the Classical Tradition in New England for a new classical house in Massachusetts[27] and in 2016 won the Stanford White Award for Excellence in Classical & Traditional Design, Residential for a new apartment building in Manhattan's Upper East Side and for a new house in Maine.[28] In 2012, Peter Pennoyer Architects won the Stanford White Award for new construction for a house in Dutchess County, NY.[29] Peter Pennoyer Architects is on New York Spaces Top 50 Designers List.[30] and on Ocean Home magazine's Top 50 Coastal Architects list[31]

Peter Pennoyer was elected to the College of Fellows of the AIA in 2014.[32]


Pennoyer's projects include the following:


  1. ^ "Home Page". 22 January 2015. 
  2. ^ "PPAPC home page". Retrieved 2009-11-10. 
  3. ^ "Membership - Institute of Classical Architecture & Art". 
  4. ^ Gray, Christopher (2013-04-18). "Buildings That Lie About Their Age". The New York Times. 
  5. ^ "New York Townhouse Restored by Peter Pennoyer and Shawn Henderson - Architectural Digest". 
  6. ^ Jr, Ralph Gardner (22 May 2014). "Raising and Preserving" – via 
  7. ^ "HOUSE TOUR: A New York Apartment Offers A New Take On Family Comfort". 28 October 2015. 
  8. ^ Walker, Anne; Stern, Robert A. M. (1 October 2010). "Peter Pennoyer Architects: Apartments, Townhouses, Country Houses". Vendome Press – via Amazon. 
  9. ^ "Peter Pennoyer Architects - Vendome Press - Publisher of Art and Illustrated Books". 
  10. ^ Pennoyer, Peter; Ridder, Katie; Walker, Anne; Piasecki, Eric (27 September 2016). "A House in the Country". Vendome Press – via Amazon. 
  11. ^ "House in the Country". 
  12. ^ " Peter Pennoyer: Books, Biography, Blog, Audiobooks, Kindle". 
  13. ^ P. Pennoyer, A. Walker (March 2003). The Architecture of Delano & Aldrich. W.W. Norton & Company. ISBN 978-0-393-73087-6. 
  14. ^ P. Pennoyer, A. Walker (March 2006). The Architecture of Warren & Wetmore. W.W. Norton & Company. ISBN 978-0-393-73162-0. 
  15. ^ P. Pennoyer, A. Walker (August 2009). The Architecture of Grosvenor Atterbury. W.W. Norton & Company. ISBN 978-0-393-73222-1. 
  16. ^ P. Pennoyer, A. Walker (2014). New York Transformed: The Architecture of Cross & Cross. The Monacelli Press. 
  17. ^ "Harrie T. Lindeberg and the American Country House - The Monacelli Press". 
  18. ^ F. Snyder (August 2007). Building Details. W.W. Norton & Company. ISBN 978-0-393-73245-0. 
  19. ^ "People". 
  20. ^ "Board of Trustees". 1 February 2015. 
  21. ^ "Soane Foundation - About". 
  22. ^ "Meet the Urban Design and Architecture Studies Adjunct Faculty". 4 February 2013. 
  23. ^ "2018 AD100: Peter Pennoyer Architects - Architectural Digest". 
  24. ^ "2016 Craftsmanship Honoree, Peter Pennoyer, FAIA, Focuses on Classical Designs – The General Society of Mechanics & Tradesmen of the City of New York". 
  25. ^ "Home - Albert Simons Medal of Excellence". Albert Simons Medal of Excellence. 
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  27. ^ "The New England Chapter of the ICAA Announces the Winners of its Seventh Bulfinch Awards". 
  28. ^ "Honors - Institute of Classical Architecture & Art". 
  29. ^ "Honors - Institute of Classical Architecture & Art". 
  30. ^ "Top 50 - Peter Pennoyer Architects (New York Spaces)". 
  31. ^ "Top 50 Coastal Architects 2016 - Ocean Home - October-November 2016". 
  32. ^ "Meet the new Fellows: AIA elevates 143 to College of Fellows". 
  33. ^ Abkowitz, Alyssa (13 March 2014). "A Chinese City's Parisian Love Affair" – via 
  34. ^ "Peter Pennoyer's high rise to boost nabe". 
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