Robin Tannenbaum, LEED AP

Robin Tannenbaum, LEED AP, Project Manager, is a talented designer and project manager who ties all her work back to the goal of creating healthy, resilient and equitable spaces for all.

Much of Robin’s early architectural career focused on high-performance residential single family and light commercial work, including numerous deep energy retrofits and net-zero energy projects. At CHA Architecture Robin manages multiple project types – both renovations and additions as well as new construction – with a focus on education projects. She enjoys the complexity of these projects and the knowledge that her projects create healthy, inspiring learning environments for students and educators alike. Robin is known for the strong relationships she cultivates with clients and consultants and values the experience of staying in touch with clients and hearing about how they use the spaces she has helped design for them.

Originally a history major, Robin has always been interested in the built environment; along with architecture she has dabbled in historic preservation, landscape architecture, community planning, and construction. Increasingly, her passion is to create thoughtful, beautiful spaces that serve the public good and demonstrate how smartly designed buildings can be part of the solution to climate change.

Robin has called South Carolina; Ohio; and Washington, D.C. home. In 2003 she made the move to New England, initially landing on a small island seven miles off the coast of Maine with a population of 48. In time she relocated to the greater Portland area, where she has found a community that she truly loves. She is the co-parent of two creative and rambunctious elementary school-age boys who keep every day fun, silly and loud! Her family still goes back to that small island whenever they can and are slowly transforming their property there into a wild wonderland.

  • University of Maryland, Master of Architecture
  • Oberlin College, B.A., History
  • LEED Accredited Professional
Industry Membership & Involvement
  • American Institute of Architects (AIA) Maine
  • Portland Society for Architecture
  • Passivehouse Maine (phME)
  • NESEA Building Energy Conference
Community Involvement
  • Member – Westbrook Planning Board (2011—Present)
  • Member – Board of Directors, Island Community Development Corporation (2016—Present)
  • Member – Advisory Panel, “Green and Healthy Maine Homes”
Publications & Presentations
  • Participant – Panel on School Design: “Building Responsibly to Create a Predictable Legacy for Maine's Next Generation” (November 2018)
  • Participant – Northern New England AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE) Summit (June 2019)
Notable Projects
Notable Projects (Prior Practice)
  • BrightBuilt Barn – Rockport, ME
  • Portland Food Co-op – Portland, ME
  • Numerous Private Residences – Maine