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Male, US, born 1940-11-13

Associated with the firms network

Hardy, Holzman, Pfeiffer, Architects (HHPA); Pfeiffer Partners, Architects

Professional History

Associate, Hugh Hardy and Associates, Architects, New York, NY, 1965-1968; Partner, Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates, New York, NY, 1968-2004; Hardy, Holzman, Pfeiffer, Partners, established a Los Angeles, CA, office with Stephen Johnson in 1986; Founder, Pfeiffer Partners, New York, NY, and Los Angeles, CA, 2004-present.

Lecturer, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 1968-1969;

Pfeiffer joined the AIA in 1969 and was NCARB certified before 1970. Member, University of Washington, Architectural Commission, 1989-present,

Fellow, American Institute of Architects (FAIA); recipient, American Institute of Architects (AIA) Firm Award, 1981;


B.Arch., University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 1964; M.Arch., Columbia University, New York, NY, 1965;

Pfeiffer graduated cum laude from the University of Washington, Department of Architecture.


Born in Seattle, WA, Pfeiffer attended the University of Washington before relocating to New York, NY, in late 1964. New York remained his primary home form many years. In 1970, Pfeiffer lived at 260 West End Avenue, New York, on the city's Upper West Side. Hardy Holzman and Pfeiffer opened its Los Angeles Office in 1986. He moved West to live in Southern CA in the early 2000s; he resided in Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, CA, c. 2002.

His father was Henry F. Pfeiffer (d. 1987) and his mother, Sylvia Medby Pfeiffer Buhr (1914-2002), who was born 01/27/1914 in Oslo, Norway, to Norman Medby and Amalie Dahl Medby. Henry and Sylvia married on 08/27/1939 in Seattle, WA. After the death of his father, Sylvia married Ernest Buhr (d. 2001) on 11/04/1990 in Bremerton, WA. She and Henry had four children: Norman, Paul F. Pfeiffer, who resided in New York City in 2002, Rae Pfeiffer McSpadden, who lived in Malibu at the time of her mother's death, and Marylin Pfeiffer, who died before 2002. (See "Sylvia Buhr," Kitsap Sun,Accessed 05/16/2014.)

Norman Pfeiffer married Jeanne Polacek on 06/14/1963 in Seattle, WA.

Associated Locations

  • Seattle, WA (Architect's Birth)
    Seattle, WA

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PCAD id: 260