Patrick Pinnell


Patrick lives in the 1799 Levi and Mehitable Ward house in the Connecticut River town of Higganum with his wife, architectural historian Kathleen Curran.

Patrick Pinnell

Senior Consultant, Architectural & Environmental Design

Patrick Pinnell is an architect, planner, author and educator. For 12 years, before moving to Connecticut in 1989, his practice (Cass & Pinnell Architects) was based in Washington, D.C. The firm’s many award-winning buildings included houses for members of the U.S. Senate and a church for a minority congregation in northeast Washington. Architectural work includes projects in Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia, New York, Massachusetts, Michigan, Florida, California, Connecticut, and Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Patrick headed Yale’s graduate research program in Environmental Design, and taught design studio and architectural theory classes in the School of Architecture from 1981 until 1998. He has since taught and lectured at many American architectural schools and organizations as well as in Europe and Japan.


Patrick is a founding member of the Congress for the New Urbanism. His publications include articles on the new towns of Seaside, Florida, and Kentlands, Maryland, on the early work of Frank Lloyd Wright, and various issues in the theory of architecture and urbanism. He writes commentary on development issues periodically for The Hartford Courant. Patrick authored The Campus Guide: Yale University, a definitive work on campus buildings and planning, published in 1999, with an expanded edition in 2012.


  • Participation in the planning of Hartford’s downtown and region
  • Co-leading the urban design team for the Save Fenway Park effort in Boston.
  • Co-drafted a form-based code for Transit-Oriented Developments on Long Island.
  • Participated in the Master Plan for Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello
  • Planned and designed 17 actor housing cottages for Goodspeed Opera in the historic village of East Haddam, Conn.