Penza Bailey Architects

Jeffrey Penza, AIA

Laura Thul Penza, Ryan Behneman, Leah Marie Penza

“When I was young, a cousin who was studying architecture introduced me to what he was learning,” recalls architect Jeffrey Penza. “His design work opened my eyes to the built environment and began my fascination with architecture.”

Penza established his own practice in 1989, and merged with partners Dan Bailey and Laura Thul Penza in 2007 to form Penza Bailey Architects.Today, he and a staff of 17 offer architectural design, interior architecture and planning services for private and public clients of all sizes. Residential work includes new design, additions/transformations, waterfront and historic restoration and adaptive reuse.

“PBA provides responsible, passionate and creative design through teamwork, responsiveness and integrity,” Penza observes. “Architecture requires an array of skill sets: the ability to listen, to see things in three dimensions, to problem-solve and to stay current as codes, materials and technology change. I especially enjoy client relationships, resulting in projects that exceed expectations.”

Penza is a board member for AIA’s Baltimore chapter, serving on design-awards and house-relocation committees. He has participated on architectural-review committees— spearheading the Homeland Association’s successful efforts for historic designation—and was a juror for the MBIA’s Renovation Awards. PBA was named one of Baltimore Business Journal’s 2019 Top 25 Largest Architecture Firms and received an ABC Greater Baltimore’s Excellence in Construction Award. Projects have been featured in many publications, including Home & Design’s Chesapeake Views and Baltimore magazine.