The Clinton Sheerr Award for Excellence in NH Architecture

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2023 Clinton Sheerr Award Bestowed on Sheldon Pennoyer, AIA

Sheldon Pennoyer, AIA was honored with the 2023 Clinton Sheerr Award for Excellence in New Hampshire Architecture at the annual AIANH Awards Gala in September. Pennoyer was nominated by last year’s winner, Alyssa Manypenny Murphy, AIA, who had the privilege of presenting the award. Through the course of his career, Pennoyer has created an impressive body of work throughout the Northeast. He has been a pioneer in the green building community and long served as the Chair of AIANH’s Environmental Guild (now COTE). His work focuses on sustainable building practices including low embodied energy, strong building envelopes, and reducing the use of fossil fuels and petroleum-based products in construction. His simple, classic design aesthetic exemplifies his belief that “architecture should shape the land and the land should inform and shape the architecture.”

The work of Sheldon Pennoyer Architects has been recognized with awards from Plan New Hampshire, New Hampshire Home, and numerous awards from AIANH, including the Rick & Duffy Monahon Award for Design Excellence in Architectural Restoration and Preservation and the Excellence in Sustainability Honor Award. In 2010, the U.S. Green Building Council awarded a home in their Nubanusit Neighborhood & Farm cohousing community its highest certification, LEED Platinum— the first single-family home in New Hampshire to receive the certification.

Pennoyer has served on the New Hampshire Board of Architects, NCARB, and the AIANH Board of Directors (as President in 2017) and is a recipient of AIANH’s Outstanding Service Award. In addition to all he has contributed to the profession and communities of New Hampshire, Sheldon is an avid backcountry downhill skier, mountain biker, hiker, and advocate for conservation.

photo: John Hession, Hon. AIANH