B.A., Williams College, 1969, Cum Laude with Honors in Political Science

M. Arch., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1976

Professional Experience

2003-Present: Richard Renner | Architects.  Principal. Current and recent projects include the ongoing renovations for Maine College of Art, a new base camp facility for the Maine Appalachian Trail Club, a new headquarters for the Buzzards Bay Coalition in New Bedford, MA, a five unit co-housing community, and several private residences.

1988-2003: Established Van Dam & Renner Architects. Significant projects included a marine laboratory for the University of New England, facilities for the Bowdoin College including the Admissions Center and Outing Club, classrooms and library for the Maine College of Art, Maine Audubon's Environmental Education Center, and exhibits for the National Park Service and the Liberty Ship Memorial.

1982-88: Partner at Terrien Architects, Portland, Maine

1978-82: Project architect in the office of Terrien Architects, Portland, Maine

1976-78: Draftsperson and project manager in the office of Weldon Pries, Architect, Cambridge, Massachusetts

1971-72: Worked as a welder in Bennington, Vermont fabricating and installing sculpture for Anthony Caro, Jules Olitski, Kenneth Noland, and Willard Boepple

Teaching Experience

Summer 2010 and 2011: Guest Lecturer at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design seminar entitled “The Natural House: Designing Truly Sustainable Homes.”

Fall 2003: Adjunct position at University of New England to teach seminar entitled "Architecture and Sustainability"

Spring 2003: Mellon Fellow, Bates College Environmental Studies Program; taught seminar entitled "Architecture and Sustainability"

1986: Taught a one semester course in architectural design at Bowdoin College

1979-1986: Participant in studio design juries, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

1975-76: Teaching Assistant, School of Architecture and Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Board Member, Northeast Sustainable Energy Association.

Former Board Member, Maine Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council.

Portland Public Art Committee.

Former Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Maine College of Art and Chairman of the Educational Affairs Committee.

Former member of the Executive Committee, Maine Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

Green Campus Consortium.

LEED Accredited Professional.

Registered, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont. Member, American Institute of Architects, National Council of Architectural Registration Boards.


2000: Summer, Photographing Maine, Maine Coast Artists, Rockport, Maine.

1997: Summer, June Fitzpatrick Gallery, Portland, Maine.

1997: 25 May – 22 June, The Juried Show: Maine Debuts Since

1979, Maine Coast Artists, Rockport, Maine.

1996: December, 1996 – January, 1997, Group Show, Icon Gallery, Brunswick, Maine.

1994: 28 May – 26 June, Annual Juried Exhibition, Maine Coast Artists, Rockport, Maine.

1993: 1-30 December, Group Show, Fletcher/Priest Gallery, Worcester, Massachusetts.



Architect RIBA III, Examination in Professional Practice – Distinction Award, London Metropolitan University, UK, 2006

Postgraduate Diploma in Architecture RIBA II – RIBA Design Excellence Award, University of Brighton, UK, 2003

Construction Workshop Diploma, Arcosanti, Prototype Arcology, Arizona, 1999

BA (Hons) Degree in Architectural Design, University of Brighton, UK, 1999

Professional Experience

2009-Present: Richard Renner | Architects. Associate. Current and recent projects include Bowdoin College Sailing Center, planning studies for a new Charter STEM high school, a five unit co-housing community, and several private residences.

2005-2008: Hawkins/Brown Architects, London, UK. Project Architect. Significant projects included Wysing Arts Centre, a non-profit community arts facility with arts studio and separate gallery within a historic and rural setting; Shephalbury Park, a nursery school addition and renovation to existing elementary school; Writtle College, a competition for an agricultural college in Eastern Greater London; Rainham Residential, a large urban residential scheme of 500 apartments; and Kingston University, new Science Labs in an existing building, a complete renovation of the Arts and Architecture Faculty including new and expanded library space, and a new building for the Business and Law faculty.

2004-2005: Anita Sen Architects, London, UK. Architectural Designer. Significant projects included the conversion of seven studio apartments in a Georgian building into a family home, and a beauty salon in an up-market London location.

2004-2005: C Change Architects, London, UK. Architectural Designer. Significant projects included the renovation of the ING Bank reception area in the banking district in London, and several conversions of residences into boutique hotels.

2003: RDJW Architects, Crawley, UK. Architectural Designer on educational, residential and industrial projects.

2002-2003: RH Partnership Architects, Brighton, UK. Architectural Designer on educational, residential, institutional, and interior projects.

1999-2000: Arcosanti, Arizona. Architectural intern and hand-on construction worker on site.


Architects Registration Board, UK

Former Architalx Board Member, Former Publicity Committee Co-chair

Voluntary Work

2003: Costa Rica – Bamboo construction

2001: New Zealand – Adobe and mudbrick construction, and permaculture landscaping work

Senior Architect


B.A., North Carolina State University, School of Design, 1981, Cum Laude with Honors in Environmental Design in Architecture.

University of Oregon, Exchange Program, 1981

Professional Experience

2009-Present: Richard Renner | Architects. Senior Architect. Current and recent projects include renovations for Maine College of Art in Portland, a new base camp facility for the Maine Appalachian Trail Club, additional office space for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maine in Portland, a five unit co-housing community, a private coastal residence, and planning studies for a new Charter STEM high school.

1999-2009: Scott Simons Architects, Portland, Maine. Project Architect.  Significant projects include the Knox County Courthouse Addition and Renovation in Rockland Maine; a new 13,400 Tilton Academy Residence Hall in Tilton, NH; the new 18,000 sq. ft. Brewster Academy Arts Building in Wolfeboro, NH; Waynflete Arts Center Phase II, Portland, ME; Portland Public Library Renovation in Portland, ME.

1991-1999: Moser Mayer Phoenix Associates, Greensboro, NC. Project Architect and MMPA Associate.  Significant projects include a renovation of a 1927 depot into the Greensboro Multi-Modal Transportation Center; Randolph County Courthouse Addition and Renovations in Asheboro, NC; The 1858 Historic Caswell County Courthouse adaptive reuse renovation into a community meeting hall and administrative offices in Yancey, NC; Mabel D. Smith Associated Campus Ministries Building at UNC Greensboro; Multiple 200,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facilities for AMP Inc., in Greensboro, NC.

1988-1991: D.O. Tise Architects, Chapel Hill, NC. Project Architect. Significant Projects include Adaptive reuse renovations of two abandoned high schools into The E. A. Swain Apartments and Community Center in Edenton, NC and The LHS Community Center and Senior Living Apartments in Lenoir, NC; New Office Headquarters for The American Board of Orthopedic Surgery, Chapel Hill, NC;

1985-1988: CHR Associates, Chapel Hill, NC. Architectural Intern. Various commercial projects including The Ronald McDonald House; Sheridan Office Headquarters in Chapel Hill, NC, Days Inn Motel in Kenly, NC.

1982-1985: Robert J. Peterson, Morganton, NC. Architectural Intern. Projects included various small commercial, religious projects and custom residences and vacation homes in North Carolina.


LEED Accredited Professional.

Registered, Maine, North Carolina.

Member, USGBC Maine Residential Green Building Committee.



Masters in Architecture, University of Massachusetts, Amherst. 2010-2012. Tau Sigma Delta Honor Society. Thesis: Housing for the Aging.

Bachelors of Environmental Design, University of Colorado, Boulder. 2004-2007. Honors.

Professional Experience

January 2015-Present: Richard Renner | Architects. Architect. Current and recent projects include the Maine Appalachian Trail Club Center, a large meeting and dining building, a maintenance building and crew sleeping quarters and several private residences.

June 2014-December 2014: Austin Design Inc., Colrain, MA. Project Manager. Significant projects included surveying, auditing and generating reports for the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance (DCAMM) for Massachusetts’ state facilities’ accessibility compliance; development of construction documents for 4 family dwellings in Laconia, MA; development of construction documents for a single family dwelling in Maryland; Detailing the foundation for the Shelburne Trolley Museum in Shelburne Falls, MA. In addition to managing DCAMM reports and construction documents, other work included proposal production, shop drawing and specification review.

2008-20014: LineSync Architecture, Wilmington, VT. Architectural Designer. Significant projects included the design participation and construction administration of the 2010 AIA VT award winning Bank Park in Wilmington, VT primarily using locally sourced materials and local manufacturers; The rehabilitation of Greenspring’s Club House in West Dover, VT; Pre-design and Design Development for the Mount Snow Master Plan in West Dover, VT, Design development through construction documents of the 2012 AIA New England award winning Cattail Cottage home; Design Development through construction of an AIA VT award winning Resilient Apartment in Wilmington, VT 2014; Managing the development of several single family residences in Wilmington, VT. Key responsibilities included proposal development, 2D and 3D CAD modeling, new design through construction drawing sets, management of project schedules, bidding, requests for information, and creating cut sheets.

Part Time 2013-2014: J. Coleman + Company Architects, Brattleboro, VT. Architectural Designer. Significant projects included the renovation of the Latchis Theater in Brattleboro, VT; Lakeside residence addition in Wilmington, VT; Addition to small residence in West Brattleboro, VT;

Summers 2007-2008: Michael Singer Studio, Wilmington, VT. Intern. Significant projects included the waterfront development feasibility studies along the Connecticut River corridor. Key responsibilities included site diagramming, research and leading public discussion groups on the subject.

2007-2008: Ross Cooney & Associates, Boulder, CO. Architecture office manager. Assisted in the management and development of small residential and commercial projects in Boulder, CO.



Voluntary Work

2014: Wilmington, Vermont Development Review Board

2010: Teaching young students in Holyoke, Massachusetts afterschool program in building design.

2009: Wilmington, Vermont Development Review Board