GEORGE PENNIMAN Principal Architect, AIA, LEED Accredited Professional, Certified Passive House Consultant, Founder
George received his Masters of Architecture from the University of Virginia in 1986 and is licensed in CT, NY, RI, MA and ME. Through a rigorous training and certification process he has been awarded credentials as a Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP) for Homes from the US Green Building Council and a Certified Passive House Designer / Consultant (CPHD/C) from the Passive House Institute in Darmstadt, Germany.
George is a member of the American Institute of Architects, USGBC, Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA), Passivehaus Maine and People's Action for Clean Energy (PACE). He is a founding board member of CT Passive House and has a long history of board membership with local institutions.
With his wife, Anne, and their slobbery dog, Leo, he divides his time between their beautiful (and drafty) 1848 home in Essex and their beautiful (and draft-free) Passive House cabin in Maine.
PEGGY SULLIVAN Principal Architect, AIA, LEED Green Associate A Senior Architect at George Penniman Architects since 2005, Ms. Sullivan is involved in all aspects of the firm’s work. Before joining George Penniman Architects she began her career at The Hillier Group in 1996 where she was a member of the Higher Education Studio and worked on designs for NJIT’s Architecture School in Newark, and the Columbia Law and Business School. In 1998, she began work with Centerbrook Architects where she worked on a variety of notable building projects including the National Outdoor Leadership School in Lander, Wyoming, a new Genome Research Laboratory for Cold Spring Harbor Labs, and Wesleyan University’s Clark Hall Dormitory, in Connecticut. In 2002 she began working with Barkin Associates in New Haven, where significant projects included labs at Yale University School of Medicine and a dormitory facility for Camp Horizons in Windham. Since working at Penniman Architects she has worked collaboratively to build several residential projects in Watch Hill, Rhode Island, Greenwich, Madison and Clinton Connecticut. Ms. Sullivan holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Massachusetts and a Master of Architecture degree from Syracuse University. She is licensed in Connecticut and New York and is a member of the American Institute of Architects. She is a LEED Green Associate of the US Green Building Council and a member of the Architectural Design Review Board in Clinton, Connecticut.
STEPHEN FENNELL Principal Architect, AIA, NCARB, LEED Green Associate
An Associate Principal Architect at George Penniman Architects, Mr. Fennell has worked here for more than thirteen years and is involved in all aspects of the firm’s work. Before joining George Penniman Architects, Stephen worked for large and small architecture and architecture/engineering firms in Connecticut and Rhode Island. Stephen has overseen project teams that have included sound acousticians, geotechnical consultants, structural engineers, and environmental consultants. His range of experience varies in project types and sizes, from large university and commercial buildings to small residential additions. Within the diverse project list Stephen has worked on LEED certified and award winning buildings.
Mr. Fennell holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Roger Williams University with a Minor in Historic Preservation. He is licensed in Connecticut and a member of the American Institute of Architects and National Council of Architectural Registration Boards. He is a LEED Green Associate of the US Green Building Council.
CAT (CATHERINE) SANTOS YOUNG Senior Associate Architect, AIA, LEED Green Associate, Certified Passive House Consultant
Born in the Philippines and raised in northern New Jersey, Cat stumbled upon architectural drawing at a young age and instantly fell in love with the marriage of art and the built world. She studied architecture at New Jersey Institute of Technology during which she interned for NYC firms Kushner Studios and David Yum Architects. She also participated in a six-month work/study program in Florence, Italy studying Italian and working for Lo Studio Enrico Guanieri. Upon graduating, she chose New England life and has been with GPA since 2006. For Cat, there is nothing more enjoyable than developing relationships and working collaboratively with clients, professionals, and builders to transform ideas to paper and ultimately a built form. She takes a personal interest in each project regardless of its scope and appreciates the unique challenges custom home building presents. Though her first passion is design, her second passion is for sustainability and high-performance/energy-efficient building. She is a serial volunteer focusing on climate action/justice and has served for organizations like the Middletown Complete Streets Committee, Sustainable Middletown, Connecticut Passive House, and AIA's CANstruction program. Outside of work, she has taught Interior Design courses at Paier College of Arts, is a wannabe urban homesteader, and enjoys science fiction and fantasy films with her husband and two daughters.
ZACHARY NELSON Associate Architect, AIA, NCARB
Zach joined George Penniman Architects in the summer of 2015 as an architectural designer. He has been engaged in the field of architecture since 2004 when he was accepted into the Architectural Technologies shop at H.H. Ellis Technical High School in Danielson, Connecticut. His studies in high school developed his love for the field, encouraging him to pursue architecture as a career. Upon graduating he continued at three Rivers Community College and attained an Associates in Architectural Design then transferring to Roger Williams University where he received his Bachelors of Science in Architecture and his Masters of Architecture.
Zach has always thought of architecture not just as buildings but the environment which surrounds us and how buildings, culture and nature stimulate this environment and form community. During school he was able to participate in studios with RWU’s Community Partnership Center where students collaborated with towns to address community needs. He worked with Woonsocket, Rhode Island to produce a main street revitalization plan as well as the City of Providence for a temporary urban market for the former sites of I95 in the city. Before coming to George Penniman Architects, Zach worked for a short time at Michael McKinley and Associates where his taste for the coastal vernacular architecture of New England was formed.
MOLLY OSBORNE Office Manager
A graduate of Connecticut College with a B.A. in graphic design and illustration, Molly has worked in many fields including marketing, teaching, library sciences, technology, and music. She uses her technology expertise to organize, maintain and facilitate projects from start to finish. She is privileged to have had George Penniman Architects design her home of more than 20 years and understands the building process from the designer and owner points of view.