Antinozzi Associates Architect Returns to Stratford High School to Work on Renovation of His Alma Mater

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Local Architect returns to high school after 47 years to break ground on a new 236,000 square-foot addition to his alma mater. The Stratford High School (SHS) renovation holds special meaning to Stratford resident and class of '70 graduate George Perham, AIA, Partner at Antinozzi Associates, as the place he discovered his passion for drawing and architecture.

Antinozzi Associates Partner George Perham stands infront of Stratford High Scool, the site of a $125 million renovation

Antinozzi Associates Partner George Perham, AIA, stand before the doors of Stratford High School, in Stratford, CT. The school, which is Perham's alma mater, broke ground on a $125 million renovation

I realized how lucky I was to have achieved my dream, and I have my teachers and guidance counselors at the school to thank.

When local architect George Perham put a shovel in the ground at Stratford High School’s ground breaking for a $125-million renovation, it was at the building where he first fell in love with architectural drawing.

“This was one of the most meaningful groundbreakings of my career,” said Perham. “As I stood there with a shovel in hand, I thought back to 47 years ago when I drew my first architectural line here.”

The 1970 graduate is a principal of Antinozzi Associates Architecture and Interior Design of Bridgeport, the architects on the new 236,000 square-foot addition and renovation of Stratford High School that will create a state-of-the-art school for faculty and students.

Perham credits his high school drafting teacher, Mr. Kekacks, with nurturing his love of drawing. “I totally fell in love with the idea of drawing lines with pencil and straight edges that actually turned into places to live, work and play,” Perham said. Because of his enthusiasm he completed every class project ahead of schedule. His teacher, he said, had to create a project each of his three years in architectural class that wasn’t in his school year plan for him to design. “I still have the drawings for one of the projects – a vacation home for a wealthy client.”

At the recent groundbreaking, Perham joined other town and regional dignitaries in taking the first turn of dirt to mark the opening of the project, which is slated for completion in 2020.

“I took a moment to walk down one of the corridors I walked many times as a student at Stratford High. In a moment, I realized how lucky I was to have achieved my dream, and I have my teachers and guidance counselors at the school to thank,” he said. “I don’t know of any one of my colleagues that have had this opportunity. I’m looking forward to seeing the school transform with my company’s design,” he added.

Stratford High continues to provide Introduction to Architecture and Engineering courses within their Career and Technology Pathway Program. Through the ACE Mentor Program, Antinozzi Associates has provided nearly 400 Stratford High School students in the program with additional architectural, construction and engineering experience since the program’s inception 15 years ago.

About Antinozzi Associates Antinozzi Associates is a Bridgeport Connecticut based architecture and interior design firm that strives to take pure ideas and transform them into contextually and technically sound solutions.  For 61 years, Antinozzi Associates has designed educational, municipal, corporate and mixed-use facilities, all the while maintaining long-term relationships with the clients and communities they serve.  For additional information about Antinozzi Associates, go to

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