"The most effective spaces for living are those that reflect the personality of the owner. I look for something, no matter how small or how quirky, that will individualize a space and make the owner smile inside."

A founding Principal since 1989, Jeffrey Penza's commercial and institutional project experience encompasses corporate, retail and restaurants, healthcare, academic, educational and religious facilities, and certified historic rehabilitation work. Private and public residential design experience focuses on additions and renovations, custom homes, townhouse and apartment complex design, and retirement communities. As a past president and active Board member of Preservation Maryland, Jeff is actively involved in historic work. Jeff is passionate about The Americans with Disability Act and is sought out to be an expert witness throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. Jeff is a board member of The Lyric, and is active member of the Rotary Club of Baltimore City.

Bachelor of Architecture / University of Cincinnati College of Design, Art, Architecture and Planning 1982

  • American Institute of Architects, Member
  • AIA Baltimore, Member, Former Member Programs Committee, Former Member Residential Design Group
  • Baltimore Better Business Bureau, Certified Construction Claims Arbitrator
  • Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, President 2006 – 2009, Chair Board Development Committee 2000 - 2004, Chair Music Director Search Committee
  • Baltimore Children’s Choir, Board Member 2012 – Present
  • Baltimore Rotary Foundation, Board Member 2003 - 2007, 2009 - Present
  • Building Congress & Exchange, Member
  • Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, Member Facilities & Maintenance Committee 2010 – Present, Member & Facilitator Strategic Planning Committee 2011 – Present
  • Downtown Partnership of Baltimore, Member
  • INSIGHT, Member
  • Home Builders Association of Maryland (HBAM), Board Member Baltimore City Chapter 1990 - 1994
  • Homeland Association, Board Member 1998 - 2006, Treasurer & Finance Committee Chair 2002 - 2005, National Register for Historical Places Committee Co-Chair 2000 - 2001
  • Homeland Community Foundation, Board Member 2002 – 2005, Treasurer 2004 - 2005
  • IFMA, Member
  • Lyric Foundation, Board Member 1997 – Present, Co-Chair Facilities Committee 2010 - Present
  • Memorial Stadium Reuse Task Force, Member 1985 - 1991
  • National Trust for Historic Preservation, Member
  • Original Northwood Association, Board Member 1987 - 1993, Vice President 1992, Architectural Review Committee Chair
  • Preservation Maryland, Board Member 2004 – Present, President 2010 - 2013
  • Rotary Club of Baltimore, Member 1990 – Present, Former Chair International Services Committee, Former Chair Oyster Roast Committee, President 1999–2000, Giving Policies Task Force Committee Chair 2005, Paul Harris Fellow
  • Stadium Accessibility Advisory Committee (M&T Bank Stadium), Member 1996 – 1999
  • Student Scholarship Foundation, Board Member 2001 – Present, Vice President 2006 - 2010
  • Urban Land Institute (ULI), Member
  • US Green Building Council (USGBC), Member



"The best architects share an innate ability to harmonize the interaction between person and place, within the context of purpose. This is true regardless of building function, project size, or budget...and even if there is no "building" involved."

A founding Principal since 1981, Daniel Bailey has played a key role in the successful administration of new construction and renovation projects for both private and governmental clients. His experience on city, state, and federal projects of all types and sizes contribute significantly to his excellence in project management. Dan is an expert in contracts management and has helped facilitate many successful projects for non-profits, religious, justice, federal and healthcare clients. As Past-President of AIA Maryland chapter, Dan is active with AIA, and is passionate about architecture legislation. Dan received the AIABaltimore 2011 President's Award - Community Architect of the Year, in recognition of his commitment to mentoring architecture students at Morgan State University.

Dan is a member of the American Correctional Association where he speaks at their national conferences and seminars and serves on the Facility Committee. He is also a member of the American Institute of Architect's Academy of Architecture for Justice which supports best practices in corrections design. He spoke at AAJ's 2015 conference in Miami and 2017 conference in Cincinnati.

Bachelor of Arts, Architecture / Iowa State University 1977
M.Arch / Morgan State University 1986

  • American Institute of Architects, Member
  • American Jail Association, Member
  • AIA Education Panel, Member
  • American Correctional Association, Member
  • Baltimore AIA 2011 President's Award - Community Architect of the Year
  • International Code Council, Member
  • Lovely Lane Methodist Church, Trustee
  • Maryland AIA, Past President
  • Manna House, Inc., Director and Past President
  • Morgan State University, School of Architecture + Planning Advisory Board, Member
  • NCARB NAAB Accreditation Panel, Member



"A thoughtful renovation can ignite community pride and trigger area-wide revitalization. We proactively participate in positive change to build community one owner, one building, one neighborhood at a time."

Laura Thul Penza is a founding Partner in the award-winning firm of Penza Bailey Architects. Her commercial experience includes school additions and renovations, office building design, and interior space planning and design. Laura's private residential design experience includes custom homes, and additions and renovations of existing homes. Laura takes an active role in the community. She previously served as board member of Metropolitan Baltimore's Building Congress & Exchange (BC&E) and Baltimore Clayworks, and currently serves as President of the Govanstowne Business Association. She also serves as a Baltimore City Commissioner for the Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation (CHAP). Laura was honored with the 2014 Circle of Excellence Beacon Award, the top honor of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) which recognizes those individuals who consistently deliver excellence.

Bachelor of Architecture / University of Cincinnati, College of Design, Art, Architecture and Planning 1982

  • American Institute of Architects, Member
  • US Green Building Council (USGBC), Member
  • The Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI), Credential Maintenance Program 2011-Present
  • Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, (LEED) Accreditation, March 2009
  • Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW), UCREW (University CREW) Career Day Committee Member 2011-Present, CREW Career Committee 2008-2010, CREW Strategic Planning Committee 2009
  • Building Congress & Exchange (BC&E), Board Member 2014-2017
  • Baltimore City Commission for Historical & Architectural Preservation (CHAP) Commissioner 2013-Present
  • Baltimore Clayworks Board of Directors 2013-2017, Facilities Committee Co-Chair, Executive Committee
  • Govanstowne Business Association, Design & Streetscape Chair 2000-Present, Board Member 1998-1999, Vice President 2000-2005, President 2006-2009, 2018
  • York Road Streetscape, Committee Member 2008-Present
  • Loyola University Maryland, York Road Initiative, Vision for York Road Task Force Member 2012-2013; York Corridor Collaboration, Member 2013-Present
  • Junior League of Baltimore, Community Resource Board Member, 2009-Present
  • Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, Respect Life Committee Member 2002-Present
  • Homeland Association, Community News Staff Writer 2003-Present, Newcomers Committee Chair, Co-Chair 2003-2010, Christmas at the Lakes Committee, Co-Chair 2003-2010
  • Senator Theatre Trust, Board Co-President 2009-Present
  • J. Joseph Curran, Sr. Memorial, Task Force Member 2009-Present



Laurie has been with PBA since 2000. Her extensive experience in the design of many types of public facilities includes new construction, additions, renovations, and systemic upgrades. Laurie is particularly skillful at initial planning and feasibility studies, existing facility evaluations, and code analysis as well as complex phasing, especially involving occupied buildings. She has had great success in design, translating complex program requirements into innovative projects, often with limited budgets, and applies a conscientious environmental design approach to all projects. Laurie has achieved the Certified Construction Specifier (CCS) certification from Construction Specification Institute (CSI), becoming a skilled product researcher who knows how to investigate and identify cost-effective, efficient solutions, and then communicate those solutions through the specifications.

BFA - Art History / Wichita State University 1982
M. Arch. / University of Texas 1986

  • American Institute of Architects, Member
  • Construction Specifications Institute, Certified Construction Specifier
  • Council of Educational Facility Planners International, Member
  • Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, (LEED) Accreditation



Paulina Beeche started with PBA in 2008. She is especially capable in organizing multi-faceted commercial and institutional renovation and modernization projects, and her experience also extends to industrial and public facilities. She is particularly proficient at understanding the technical restrictions and existing conditions constraints that affect a building. This enables an organized approach and sensible cost effective solutions. With every client, Paulina attempts to achieve a functional project that not only meets the programmatic needs, but also stays within the specified budget and time schedule. She is a Certified Documentation Technologist (CDT) with Construction Specification Institute (CSI), which trained her further in the development, administration and enforcement of construction documentation, and therefore she is sought after for her project management skills. Paulina is a member of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

B. Arch. / University of Valparaiso, CHILE, 2001

  • American Institute of Architects, Member
  • Chilean Institute of Architects
  • Construction Specifications Institute, Construction Documents Technologist
  • Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Baltimore County
  • Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, (LEED) Accreditation



Kelsey Kruse has been working in the industry for over 35 years and joined PBA in 2018. Kelsey's work has spanned from residential work in the community of The Sea Ranch in California, to commercial and office work in the Baltimore region. Her specialization includes work for financial institutions including Bank of America and Rosedale Federal Savings & Loan Association. For the past 10 years, she has managed the Fairfield Inn Prototype Drawings for Marriott International. In 2000, she performed the duties of Graphics Editor for the first edition publication of Interior Graphic Standards for The American Institute of Architects and John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Bachelor of Architecture / University of Cincinnati, College of Design, Art, Architecture and Planning, 1982

  • American Institute of Architects, Member



Leah Penza received her BA-Arch and MA degrees from Miami University, in Oxford, Ohio. Leah has been practicing Architecture through summer internship opportunities since 2011, and full time since her graduation in May of 2016. She is experienced in residential and commercial architecture, and is eager to grow and learn in this field. Leah greatly enjoys meeting with clients to realize their goals and ideas, in order to produce a beautiful and well-executed project. When she is not in the office, you can find her snowboarding in the winter, or hiking and camping in the warmer months.

MA-Arch, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio
BA-Arch, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio



Penza Bailey Architects' culture is one of working hard, but also allowing time to get to know each other. Recently, staff and family members included, took a trip to Chicago to celebrate the firm's 10th Anniversary of its merger (Penza Associates Architects and Amos, Bailey, Arnold & Associates). The adventure included Doors Open Chicago, sightseeing, and a dinner cruise with panoramic skyline views of Chicago.