Kent McCoy

Associate Principal

“I love design in all its forms: architecture, gardening, interiors, cooking, but most specifically I love the way what I do impacts people’s lives. Whether that is building community through revitalization of urban historic neighborhoods or creating an environment in which students may learn to their fullest capabilities.”

With more than 40 years of architectural experience specializing in the preservation and adaptive reuse of historic structures, Kent’s work encompasses the restoration of houses to college campuses, with a wide range of project types in between.

Throughout his career, Kent has worked closely with the State Historic Preservation Office and the National Park Service to shepherd projects through the Historic Tax Credit process.

In addition to his work with historic structures, one of Kent’s passions is early childhood education and the design of PK-5 schools. He was the architect of 5 Hartford magnet schools designed to support education in a variety of “magnet” teaching styles.

An urbanist by nature, Kent is also very interested in the design of campuses, cities and towns, and is responsible for a number of master plans completed in the region. He has also been responsible for the design of the various cultural institutions that enhance these plans- museums, performing arts venues, and community centers.

In 2015 the firm of Smith Edwards McCoy Architects where Kent was a Principal and lead designer, received the Governor’s Award for Excellence for the firm’s distinguished work in historic preservation.

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Historic Preservation, Education, Performing Arts
University of Pennsylvania

QA+M Architecture is a full-service architectural firm that provides programming, planning and interior design for clients in commercial, community, education, healthcare, historical, housing, and recreational/athletic markets. Staffed by 34 dedicated professionals, including 14 licensed architects, QA+M has grown to be the 4th largest architectural firm in the Greater Hartford area.


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