March 20, 2019
I grew up in Massachusetts and graduated from Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Architecture degree. I spent a semester at the Architectural Association in London, which was really fun. I began my career at ADD Inc in Cambridge, MA working on large office building complexes for IBM and other booming entities during a strong economic market. I was running large projects and architecture teams within 5 years of graduation. I then moved with my husband and one daughter to Noyes Vogt Architects in New Haven, CT where I had a different professional experience running State and University projects. My husband, Donald Denny, is a Radiologist whose career moved us around New England until finally settling us in Princeton, New Jersey. With 3 young daughters, I launched Knight Architects LLC, in a room over our garage in 1992. As the residential projects grew, so did my team. To accommodate the need for more elbow room, in 2015, we rented a new space on Nassau Street in the heart of Princeton. The corner office is surrounded by great restaurants, shops and windows overlooking the bustling main street. With a little work, fresh paint, and sleek furniture, 234 Nassau Street is the ideal place to meet clients, collaborate and flex our creative muscles.
In the past 27 years, Knight Architects, has become an award-winning architecture firm. Our design awards include the 2012 Marvin Windows and Doors National Architect Award, the Electronic House 2014 Home of the Year Award, first place in the 2015-2016 Regional Sub-Zero Kitchen Design Contest and Best of Houzz Design Award in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 as well as the Best of Houzz Service Award in 2018 and 2019. Projects have included residential renovations, additions and new construction as well as select boutique retail establishments. We take on projects with a range of styles and provide the full-service architectural menu, design, zoning analysis, master planning, space planning, construction documents, bid phase coordination, and construction administration services. I am registered to practice Architecture in New Hampshire, New Jersey and Pennsylvania and is a member of the American Institute of Architects.
I initially feel in love with Architecture due to its combination of art and math but as I progressed, I discovered how challenging and varied the work is, no two projects or clients are the same. I love working with different clients and helping them realize their dreams for their home and family. Our clients are often surprised at the amount of time, the detail and the cost of a project, even a simple one. Our goal is to help manage our client’s expectations from the very beginning, explaining the entire process and providing them with timelines, the scope of work involved in their project and a general idea of cost.
Outside of the office, I am an avid tennis player and a past president of Pretty Brook Tennis Club. As much as possible, we enjoy weekends at our home on Lake Winnipesauke and I have hiked all forty-eight 4,000 footers in New Hampshire. We are currently accumulating grandchildren, 4 and counting!
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