At Gienapp Architects, we believe that how you begin your project will determine the end result. When you start your project with Gienapp Architects on your team, you know you’re building on a rock-solid foundation. From determining feasibility to architectural design through construction administration, we’ll deliver creative solutions that are smart, practical and stay both on schedule and on budget. That’s why we say: Begin Here. Finish Well.



In 2022, Gienapp Architects and VernerJohnson formed a new strategic partnership. By combining Gienapp Architects’ excellence in project management and execution and VernerJohnson’s design expertise and expansive portfolio, the partnership increases the resources of both firms and the services available to clients. VernerJohnson is operating primarily from their satellite office at Gienapp Architects.

VernerJohnson was founded in 1965 as a general architectural practice but in 1978 changed to become a museum-only practice. Today, it is the only architectural firm in the United States specializing exclusively in the planning and design of museums. They offer comprehensive services that museum leadership needs as they move their projects from initial stages through completion. Their projects range in size from 7,000 to 1.3M square feet and are located throughout the U.S. and around the world.

Dale and Brad were students together at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design and at Iowa State University where they became close friends. Since then, they have collaborated on numerous architectural projects. Forming this strategic partnership combines the best aspects of both firms, offering a deeper skill set to clients.



  • Amberwood Farm Condominiums
  • Amory House, LLC
  • Associates of Dermatology of the South Shore
  • Axcelis Technologies, Inc.
  • Bennett Highway, LLC
  • Blue Ocean Event Center
  • Boston North Technology Park
  • Camp Rotary
  • Capital Carpet and Flooring
  • Danvers Historical Society
  • Ferris Development
  • Folsom Development
  • Holly Management Co.
  • Kappy’s Fine Wines and Spirits
  • Milwaukee Tool
  • Monkey Sports
  • Quannapowitt Players Theater
  • Salem Metal Incorporated
  • Salisbury Beach Partnership
  • Salisbury One Oceanfront Development
  • Salter and Kahn, Inc.
  • Second Church of Christ Scientist
  • Simon Malls
  • SPS New England
  • St. Basil's Syriac Orthodox Church
  • Topsfield Motors
  • Winthrop House
Municipal & State
  • Bedford NH School District
  • Department of Youth Services
  • Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance
  • Essex North Shore Agricultural and Technical School
  • Groveland Electric Light Department
  • Massachusetts School Building Authority
  • Merrimack NH School District
  • North Shore Community College
  • Tri-Town School Union
Municipal & State
  • Town of Bedford
  • City of Beverly
  • Town of Boxford
  • Town of Danvers
  • City of Gloucester
  • Town of Holden
  • City of Lynn
  • Town of Middleton
  • Town of Norwell
  • Town of Norwood
  • City of Peabody
  • Town of Reading
  • City of Salem
  • City of Somerville
  • City of Watertown
  • Town of Weston
  • Town of Westwood
  • Town of Winthrop


We are proud to support many great organizations in our community.

Camp Rotary Boxford
Danvers Community Council
Danvers Historical Society
Danvers Rotary
Salisbury Beach Partnership