Elizabeth Petry

Elizabeth Petry headshot

Associate Professor


College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture
860.768.5136 HJG W205C

MArch, University of Illinois

BS, Architectural Studies, University of Illinois

Elizabeth Petry, AIA is an Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Hartford. Her experience in the profession focused primarily on healthcare, housing, and education. Petry was the Director of Education for the nationally award-winning Architecture Resource Center of Connecticut. 

Petry holds a baccalaureate degree and professional degree Master of Architecture, from the University of Illinois, Champaign – Urbana. In addition to her Architect Licensure, she is licensed in Connecticut as an Interior Designer and Real Estate Salesperson. Professor Petry and her husband Bob, also an architect, have raised their three sons in West Hartford, where she is active in her community.

Academic Experience

Associate Professor
Department of Architecture
College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture
University of Hartford, West Hartford, Connecticut

Teaching Assistant
Department of Interior Design
University of Illinois/Urbana-Champaign
Design I Studio - Two and Three Dimensional Design

Teaching Assistant
Counseling Center
University of Illinois/Urbana-Champaign
Reading and Study Methods


Architect License Number 4127
State of Connecticut

Interior Design License Number 0630
State of Connecticut

Real Estate License Number 0788704
State of Connecticut

Professional Experience

Project Architect
Petry Architects
West Hartford, Connecticut

Architectural Consultant
Fletcher Thompson, Inc.
Bridgeport and Hartford, Connecticut

Director of Education
Architecture Resource Center (ARC)
New Haven, Connecticut

Project Architect
Stecker LaBau Arneill McManus Architects, Inc.
The SLAM Collaborative
Glastonbury, Connecticut

Project Architect
Coordinated Design Associates
Farmington, Connecticut

Design Architect
Handler & Friar Architects, Inc.
West Hartford, Connecticut

Kaplan Guant DeSantis - Architects
Red Bank, New Jersey

Anthony C. Covais, AIA
Middletown, New Jersey


National Institute Honors Award & Awards

American Institute of Architects, ARC, 1997

Public Education Award

American Institute of Architects/Connecticut, ARC, 1996

Special Olympics World Summer Games

Weeklong Arts Festival, New Haven, Connecticut, ARC, 1995

Community Arts Education Award

CT Alliance for Arts Education, ARC, 1994

 “Golden Rule Award” for Education

JC Penney, ARC, 1994

American Institute of Architects/Connecticut Design Award

Hop Brook Elementary School in Naugatuck, Connecticut

Architect: SLAM Collaborative, Glastonbury, CT, 1994

Renaissance Award for Education

Hartford Downtown Council, ARC, 1994

Architecture + Children

“Call to the Visionary Artist” Program was one of twenty programs worldwide selected to be part of an international tour, opened September 1994 in Zetphen, Netherlands

Public Education Award

American Planning Associations for "Call to the Visionary Artist", ARC, 1993

Urban Enrichment Award

National League of Cities for "Call to the Visionary Artist", ARC. 1993

Tuition Waiver

University of Illinois/Urbana-Champaign, January 1982 - May 1984                    

New Jersey Society of Architecture Scholarship, 1982

Alkco Award of Excellence for Lighting Design, 1979

University of Hartford: Hartford Art School Gallery, West Hartford, Connecticut
Project architect, in partnership with Fredrick Mahaffey Architects, for planning and design of renovations to the Hartford Art School Gallery. 2003

Fletcher Thompson Architects, Inc., Bridgeport and Hartford, Connecticut
Architectural consultant, to the educational studio, assisting in research, programming and development of innovative solutions for school architectural design. 1999 – 2001

The Open Hearth Mission, Hartford, Connecticut
Project architect for post occupancy review, architectural program development, and building design modifications. 1999 – 2001

Orthodontic Office for Dr. Ritoli, D.M.D., M.D.S., West Hartford, Connecticut
Project architect for planning and design of renovations to medical office building. 2000

St. Thomas the Apostle School, West Hartford, Connecticut
Project architect for pre-design and coordination with acoustical engineer for renovations to school auditorium. 1998

Residential Projects. Greater Hartford, Connecticut
Project architect for a variety of additions and renovations:
Honyotski Residence – Consultant, 2013
Horn Residence – Consultant, 2012
Hindman Residence – Consultant, 2011
McCormack Residence – Consultant, 2010
Smith Residence – Consultant, 2010
Navin Residence – Consultant, 2009
Cavanaugh Residence – Consultant, 2009
Dunst Residence – Additions and Renovations, 2008
Duzan Residence – Additions and Renovations, 2008
Oliver Residence – Additions and Renovations, 2007
Horan Residence – Additions and Renovations, 2006
Moss Residence – Addition and Renovations, 2005
Calio Residence –Addition, 2005
Merenda Residence – Addition and Renovations, 2004
Niland Residence – Project Planning, 2003
Cavanaugh Residence – Project Planning, 2003
Baral Residence – Project Planning and Coordination, 2002
Cavanaugh/Daly Residence – Project Planning, Design, and Development, 1999
Merenda Residence – Project Planning, 1999
Leary Residence – Project Planning, 1998
Smith Residence – Project Planning, 1998

University Park, Inc., Bloomfield, Hartford, and West Hartford, Connecticut
Project coordinator for the development of a master plan. 1992 –1995

City of Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut
Architect and Education Consultant for proposal for Architectural Services for S.A.N.D. Elementary School. 1994

City of Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut
Architect and Education Consultant for proposal for School Building Program Projects. 1993

Hop Brook Elementary School, Naugatuck, Connecticut
Project architect for addition and renovation of a 26,000-sq. ft. school originally designed in 1916 by Connecticut's first woman architect, Theodate Pope Riddle. The ten-classroom addition was designed and detailed true to the vernacular of the original. The project includes extensive site development and two new courtyards.

Received the AIA/CT Design Award, 1994.

Completed August 1993
Frank T. Wheeler Elementary School, Plainville, Connecticut
Project architect for a pre-design study for renovations and additions to a 50,000-sq. ft. elementary school. Referendum November 1992

Completed April 1994
The Open Hearth Mission, Hartford, Connecticut
Designer and project architect for all phases, including construction administration for a $4.5 million shelter for homeless men.
Phase I completed February 1991
Phases II and III completed July 1992

Old Saybrook Schools, Old Saybrook, Connecticut
Goodwin Elementary School
Design architect for a 10-classroom addition and administrative core and code related renovations.
Completed September 1990

Middle School
Design team member participating in design and detailing for a 100,000-sq. ft. school, including 38 classrooms, a variety of special-purpose spaces and a 400-seat auditorium.

Published in the American School & University Architectural Portfolio, 1992.

Completed September 1991
Senior High School
Project architect for all phases, including construction administration, for additions and renovations.
Completed August 1990

Old Saybrook Town Hall, Old Saybrook, Connecticut
Designer and project architect for a feasibility study and master plan for a twenty-department town hall facility.

Rhode Island Group Health Association (RIGHA), Providence, Rhode Island
Design architect for a 164,000-sq. ft. Health Maintenance Organization including over twenty departments and corporate offices.