Donna Beinstein

Donna Beinstein

Hartford, CT, US



Architect in Simsbury, CT. Passionate about design of any kind, biking and hiking, and my family.   Serious book lover - currently reading about sustainable design and planning.  As design and household PM, adept at quick, creative problem-solving on challenges large and small.



Self, Simsbury, CT, US, Architect

Responsibilities: Concurrent with raising three children, manage small architectural practice, designing residential renovations/additions and commercial installations. Work with residential clients to deliver creative design solutions aligned with lifestyle requirements. Team with contractors in design/build environment, providing:

• Presentation drawings to enhance clients’ project understanding and participation
• Technical design skills and drawings supporting contractor pricing and permitting

Representative Projects:
• Interior space/addition design, commercial lighting store, West Hartford Center, CT
• Addition to historic barn site, incl. office and residential space, New Hartford, CT
• Residential designs as both prime and subcontractor

Jan 1993 - current

Simsbury Free Library, Simsbury, CT, US, Membership co-chair

Managed membership for the SImsbury Free Library, a genealogical library and a 501(c)3 foundation.

Jan 2012 - Jun 2014

Town of Simsbury, Simsbury, CT, US, Substitute Teacher

Substitute teacher and paraprofessional for grade school children.

Sep 2008 - May 2010

Henry Schadler Associates, PC, Farmington, CT, US, Registered Architect

Responsibilities: “On-call” team member, filling variety of design roles as project load varied. Worked independently to interpret design requirements and add client value. Construction documents.

Sep 1995 - Dec 1995

Lawrence Group, Palm Beach, FL, US, Registered Architect/Project Architect

Responsibilities: Lead design teams in creating unique environments for individual retail clients in commercial projects, assessing design requirements and delivering optimal solutions. Gained project approval from municipal review boards. Performed contract administration to ensure design compliance. Served as owners’ representative with contractors, coordinating design with construction.

Representative Projects:
• Interior Design J.P. Morgan Bank and Trust Company, Palm Beach, FL
• Subdivision design at Mar-a-Lago, Donald Trump’s 18-acre Palm Beach estate
• Sanibel Factory Outlet Shops, 200,000 sf. commercial shops on Sanibel Island, FL
• Several notable large scale residences (1 published) in Palm Beach, FL

May 1988 - Mar 1992

John Foster, PA, Jensen Beach, FL, US, Graduate Architect

Jul 1987 - Apr 1988

Dimensional Dynamics, Inc., King of Prussia, PA, US, Intern/Draftsperson

May 1986 - May 1987

Stevens and Wilkinson of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, US, Intern/Draftsperson

May 1984 - Aug 1985


University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, US, MArch, Architecture

Sep 1985 - May 1988

University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, US, BArch, Architecture

Sep 1980 - May 1984