About Bruce Beinfield, FAIA
In 1997 Bruce Beinfield received an AIA Special Achievement Award for Architectural Excellence for his visionary role in orchestrating the revitalization of the SoNo district in Norwalk, Connecticut. Beinfield Architecture has gained national recognition for urban revitalization projects, which feature the effective use of incremental and organic change as tools for urban renewal. Projects in Rowayton, Saugatuck, and Darien, Connecticut are examples of the approach in which his contextual architecture has nurtured the unique village character of the community and has reinforced the romantic mythology of the place.
In 2010, Bruce Beinfield FAIA became the first Connecticut Architect since 2001 to be elected into the prestigious American Institute of Architects College of Fellows in the category of design. This is the highest honor that the AIA can bestow. The achievements that gained him the national recognition were noted as follows:
Bruce Beinfield designs timeless buildings drawn from both urban and rural vernacular combining classical proportion and scale with modern abstraction. His projects, by their quality and sheer concentration, have begun a process of redemption in the context where he works. Beinfield takes an alchemical approach to his architecture, transforming the ordinary into the exceptional, and employing common materials towards uncommon ends. His adaptive re-use projects have breathed life into abandoned buildings, celebrating the raw character, textures, and weathered patina and creating places that ask to be explored. Dreams, memories, ritual and renewal are all form-givers in his architecture. His work acknowledges the complex connection of myths and romance from which the American landscape has always been constructed, fusing contradictions to create places that nourish the soul and lift the spirit. The emotional impact of his design is a primary consideration in his work.
In the early 1990’s Bruce Beinfield had a vision for South Norwalk, a Connecticut coastal city gripped by the downward spiral of recession and abandonment, but rich with historic buildings and industrial charm. It is here that he began a career’s worth of work, proving that architecture has the power to be an agent of change and renewal.