Richard Renner | Architects creates inspired places for living, working, and learning. From academic centers to laboratories, intricate museum spaces to private residences, the firm has demonstrated its ability to analyze unique problems and to develop expressive, practical, and lasting design solutions. Environmentally responsible design is a cornerstone of the practice, and for over a decade the firm has expanded and refined the process of designing effective “green” buildings. In addition to architectural design, services include programming, feasibility studies, site selection and analysis, project budgeting, permitting, and fund-raising support.

Projects have received awards from the Boston Society of Architects, the Waterfront Center in Washington, D.C., the American Institute of Architects, Maine Preservation, ID Magazine, the Society for Environmental Graphic Design, Resource Efficient Homes Across America, AIA Maine Committee of the Environment, and include two LEED Home Platinum certified residences.


Richard Renner founded Richard Renner | Architects in 2003. Rick has designed 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 now works as a sole proprietor and enjoys the direct and deep involvement with all aspects of a project. Rick is an avid photographer, skier and cyclist.


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.


Former 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.

Member, American Institute of Architects College of Fellows.