Michael Jennings Glynn, AIA, NCARB, Michael Glynn Architects, Architecture Consultant specializing in preservation, conservation and adaptive re-use of historic properties. Glynn believes that the most effective design is enriched by an intimate knowledge of architectural history and traditional craftsmanship. Context – both the natural and the man-made – are critical issues for Glynn. He recently observed that, “inspiration comes from observation and appreciation of context”. Glynn has worked on a diverse variety of projects, both large and small, while working for firms in Boston; Washington, D.C.; Princeton, New Jersey; and New York City.
He founded his own practice in 1991, specializing in historic buildings, preservation planning and residential projects of wide-ranging scale and complexity. He has also designed and executed many landscape and garden commissions; he considers landscape an integral component of his residential projects. Many of his projects have won awards and professional recognition. He is a registered Architect in New York State, New Jersey, and Connecticut.
A sampling of Michael Glynn’s projects:
Michael Glynn was project architect and construction manager for the renovation and adaptive re-use of the Heurich Mansion (Historical Society of Washington D. C. Headquarters); for which he received an American Institute of Architects award for “design sensitivity and craftsmanship”. He was project architect for the restoration
of Franklin Roosevelt’s house, “Springwood”, in Hyde Park, New York, in 1982 after it was severely damaged by fire. While he was with the Office of Thierry Despont, in New York, he developed a master plan for the conversion of Henry Clay Frick’s Pittsburgh mansion into a museum. After starting his own practice, he was consulting architect for the restoration of the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ War Memorial and Auditorium, part of the capitol complex in Trenton, New Jersey; he developed master plans for both the Simsbury Historical Society, of Simsbury, Connecticut, and the Greenwich Historical Society, of Greenwich, Connecticut; the Ronemus residence, in Westport, Connecticut, received several awards, including a merit award from the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation. Recently he has prepared a historic structure report (in collaboration with CT House Histories and Building Conservation Associates) for the Stanton House Museum, in Clinton, Connecticut.
Over the past decade, Mr. Glynn has been very active in the movement to preserve mid-century modern houses; he is currently working as consulting architect for the renovation of the Clark House, in Orange, Connecticut, designed by Marcel Breuer in 1948.