Proud to be serving Connecticut for 30 years






Our firm, located on Audubon Street in

downtown New Haven, was founded in

1990 by Paul B. Bailey, AIA, a graduate

of the Yale School of Architecture, and has since

grown into a mid-sized firm of diverse talents, including

six registered architects and project managers. In the early

90's, the firm quickly developed a reputation for high quality

design work in the areas of master planning for municipal, religious and other non-profit organizations, multi-family housing, the renovation and restoration of historic structures and single family residences. The prevailing aspiration of the firm's design work is a high regard for the special needs of the individual client and respect for the historic context and setting of each individual project, with the intent to create structures that look as though they truly belong in their surrounding neighborhood, inside or attached to their existing building, or within their existing space or room.  These design efforts have been recognized nationally with several prestigious awards over the years and returning clients who with new projects for us to design and manage.  In the 30 years since the founding of our firm, our reputation and depth of experience has steadily grown, resulting in our current position as one of the pre-eminent firms in New England specializing in high quality and cost-effective project modernization and new construction.  


110 Audubon Street

New Haven, CT 06510


Tel: 203-776-8888


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Meet The Team


Paul B. Bailey


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The principal of this firm, Paul has nearly 50 years of experience in the field and over 40 prestigious national architecture awards to his name.  Paul has worked on the design, rehabilitation and/or inspection of over $200 million worth of HUD, CHFA and/or DECD funded multi-family housing projects involving over 8,500 residential units.  Paul is a member of AIA, NCARB-certified, and LEED AP (B+C) certified.  Paul is also a Historical Architect, listed with the State of Connecticut Historical Commission.


Richard Rakoczy
Senior Project Manager

Rich has a unique career history with 22 years of hands-on experience in construction and 19 subsequent years in architecture. This gives him unique experience and knowledge of construction details and technique. His responsibilities include the development of projects from Design Development through Construction Documents.


Sabina Mazare


Sabina is a Draftsperson with 21 years of experience in the architectural field. She is responsible for all phases of construction document production. Her experience includes commercial and residential projects, working closely with the Project Architect to ensure smooth transition from Design Phase through Construction.


Susan Bridgewater Odell

Senior Associate

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Ms. Odell has over 25 years of diverse experience in architecture with experience in single and multi-family residential architecture, commercial architecture, historic rehabilitation and master planning for Smart Growth. As Senior Associate, she ensures our team provides the highest level of service to our clients. Motivated by a strong belief in the importance of sustainable housing for all, Susan is a certified Passive House consultant and strives to obtain the best energy-saving outcomes in all projects.


Shubashree Balakumar
Project Manager

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Shuba has a BARCH in Architecture from the R.V. College of Engineering, Bangalore University, India. She has had a diverse career with 23 years of experience in the architectural field. Shuba’s current projects in our firm includes work on Washington Park Housing (36 units), Hartford Preservation Portfolio of  5 buildings (215 units), and The Residences at Ninth Square (335 units). Shuba is presently sitting for her Architecture License.


Cheryl Sacco

Operations Manager

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Cheryl has 37 years of experience in business management, including in the fields of real estate and construction.  Cheryl works with the Architectural Project Team in assisting with documentation for various projects.  She is additionally responsible for sourcing new business and projects for the firm.  Cheryl also acts as Client Liaison to maintain ongoing relationships throughout project developments.  Coordinating all the purchasing, billing, collections, subcontractor billing, and the day to day operations of the organization are also part of her responsibilities. She has been a Notary Public since 1989.

John Merriman

Project Architect

John has a wide range of experience in architecture over a 50 year career, including residential design, multi-family housing, retail and concessions, mixed use projects and performing arts venues. John oversees design development, materials selection, specs and technical details, construction document preparation, following through to construction phase for new construction and renovations.


Janice Blanck

Job Captain / Draftsperson

Janice has over 26 years of experience at PBBA. She  assists the Architects in all phases of design and construction drawings, including field measuring, drafting existing conditions, color presentation drawings, zoning submission, interior design, lighting selection, and finish and color selections.


Elizabeth Roberge
Office Manager / Assistant to Principal

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Ms. Roberge holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Rhode Island School of Design in Printmaking, and has held a number of professional positions related to art preservation and Historic Preservation. As Office Manager and Assistant to the Principal at Paul B. Bailey Architect, LLC, Ms. Roberge helps coordinate scheduling, assists in the design and preparation of proposals and presentations, and assists the Operations Manager in Accounts Receivable and Accounts Payable. She is also in charge of the company website and promotional material.