Richard Renner founded Richard Renner | Architects in 2003. Rick enjoys the collaborative nature of the studio, and is often finding new and interesting ways to ensure this remains true to our working process. As the Principal, he has driven the design of numerous residential, institutional, commercial, and exhibit projects, many of which have been published or won awards. Two residential projects, in Freeport and Portland, Maine, received LEED-Home Platinum ratings. Since the early 1990’s, he has guided the firm to focus on environmentally responsible, humanist architecture. He is currently serving on the Board of the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association. Rick is an avid photographer, skier and cyclist.

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1988-2003: Founded Van Dam & Renner Architects with Samuel Van Dam.  Significant projects included a marine

laboratory for the University of New England, facilities for the Bowdoin College Outing Club, classrooms and library for the

Maine College of Art, Maine Audubon’s Environmental Education Center, exhibits for the National Park Service, and the

Liberty Ship Memorial.

1982-1988: Partner at Terrien Architects, Portland, Maine.

1978-1982: Project architect in the office of Terrien Architects, Portland, Maine.

1976-1978: Self-employed working on various renovation projects.  Draftsperson and project manager in the office of Weldon Pries, Architect, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

1971-1972: Worked as a welder in Bennington, Vermont fabricating and installing sculpture for Anthony Caro, Jules Olitski, Kenneth Noland, and Willard Boepple.

1969-1971: Taught history, humanities, and social studies at Wilmington High School, Wilmington, Vermont.


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

M. Arch., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1976.


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, and U.S. Virgin Islands.

Member, American Institute of Architects, National Council of Architectural Registration Board.

Charles Young is Senior Architect at RR|A, and has a highly keen sense of the relationship between macro and micro aspects of a project. Charles has extensive experience in larger scale projects, such as the ongoing renovations at Maine College of Art. Currently Charles is working on the Brickstack Arts Center, and is overseeing the construction of an extensive house renovation.

Charles is a Registered Architect in Maine and North Carolina and brings over thirty years of experience to the table, eight of which have been at RR|A.

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1999-2009: Scott Simons Architects, Portland, Maine. Project Architect.  Significant projects included 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 included 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 included 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 small commercial, religious buildings and custom residences and vacation homes in North Carolina.


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.


LEED Accredited Professional.

Registered Architect, Maine and North Carolina.

Former Member, USGBC Maine Residential Green Building Committee