Michael Jennings Glynn, AIA, has extensive experience in both residential and institutional projects. His planning skills and design sensibilities have evolved through a wealth of diverse commissions in planning, preservation and building design. He is also a garden and landscape designer. Glynn believes that the most effective contemporary design is enriched by an intimate knowledge of architectural history and vernacular construction techniques. His residential work weaves architecture and landscape into a unified whole.
“I am interested in materials and craftsmanship. I am interested in avoiding waste. I am interested in making buildings that will age well, both functionally and aesthetically. I am keen on not adding burdens to our natural environment.”
“An architect cannot produce good work alone – client, architect, builder, each has an essential role. Good communication, patience, time, and earned trust are essential.”
Glynn’s experience in preservation includes serving as project architect for the repair and the restoration of Springwood, Franklin Roosevelt’s house in Hyde Park; and serving as both project architect and construction manager for the restoration and adaptive reuse of the Heurich House Museum, on Dupont Circle in Washington, D. C. The Heurich project won an American Institute of Architects Merit Award for “design sensitivity and craftsmanship’.
He was a member of the team that produced the master plan for Clayton, Henry Clay Frick’s Pittsburgh residence (and museum). Michael served as consulting architect to the State of New Jersey for the restoration of the Soldiers and Sailors Auditorium and War Memorial in Trenton. Recently his office prepared a historic structure report and conservation advice for The Stanton House Museum in Clinton, Connecticut. The Ronemus residence, in Westport, Connecticut, received several awards for design and preservation excellence; the scope of work included restoring and expanding a Greek Revival farmhouse and outbuildings, including the conversation of a 1912 service station into an office and studio for the client.
Glynn has been active in the movement to preserve significant Modern houses in Connecticut, including Paul Rudolph’s Micheel residence in Westport, and the Crone residence, designed by Henry Hebbeln (and James Rose), in Litchfield. He has worked on many significant Modern houses such as Ulrich Franzen’s Castle residence in New London, and Marcel Breuer’s Clark residence in Orange. He also worked on Edward Durell Stone’s (and Donald Deskey’s) Mandel residence in Bedford Hills, New York.
In 2010, Michael, with preservationist Morley Boyd and furniture expert Kim Elstein, organized an exhibit of significant Modern houses located in the towns of Westport and Weston, Connecticut. Housed at the Westport Historical Society, “Westport Modern, When Cool was Hot”, revealed wonderful midcentury work previously unknown. The exhibit received national attention in the press.
Michael Glynn is a registered architect in Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey, a member of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, and he is qualified under the National Park Service’s criteria for a Qualified Historical Architect, 36CFR, Part 61. He is a member of the Society of Architectural Historians, Docomomo, and the Association for Preservation Technology.
Website: http://www.michaelglynnarchitects.com (currently under construction)
Primary Contact: Michael Glynn
Phone: 203.664.1919 – office or, 917-319-5720- cell
Address: 64 Goodridge Road, Redding, CT 06896
72 West 82nd Street, 3R, New York, N.Y. 10024