Firm Profile

The Firm Profile:

Cape May Architect is a local architectural firm. We pride ourselves on providing unique and clever design solutions that are within your budget. Whether it is designing a new home, restoring your historic home or planning a new retail/office space, Cape May Architect under the guidance of Catherine Lorentz, AIA will give you professional service and careful guidance through the entire process.

Recently we completed a 4,500 sq. ft gut and renovation of an abandoned 3 family home in Cape May Court House. We also completed the restoration of an 1870’s farmhouse, an addition to a 1910 arts and crafts shore home and the renovation of a Cape May City historic home. Other projects include designing and building a new artist’s studio, a boathouse/bird observance platform and new homes throughout the county. As a community conscience firm, we have participated with numerous non-profit organizations such as Caring for Kids and Piloting for American Dreams.

Cape May Architect is a full service architectural firm. We do not stop when the drawings are complete. We are your eyes and ears, as we are a locally established business. We guide you through the bid negotiations, zoning approval process, Historic Preservation Commission reviews and are there for onsite field visits during construction.

Our firm has long lasting relationships with all our clients, design partners and builders who make up the team to a successful project. We live and work in Cape May County and are proud of our community.


American Institute of Architects
US Green Bldg. Council
National Council of Architectural Registration Board
Cape May Chamber of Commerce
Middle Township Chamber of Commerce
Middle Township Housing Advisory Board

Catherine A. Lorentz, AIA, NCARB, Principal:

Catherine is licensed to practice architecture in the states of New Jersey and New York. She has solid and broad experience as an architect managing the design and construction of residential buildings, international law firms, corporate facilities, hotels and retail businesses, locally and nationally

Catherine graduated from the prestigious Cooper Union in NYC with a Bachelors of Architecture degree. She has worked in New York City architectural firms for 18 years and been established in Cape May County as a principal of her own firm since 2006. She has an excitement for architecture including reuse, renovations/additions and restoration of older homes. She is knowledgeable in the special requirements for new homes built in South Jersey and along the Jersey Shore. Catherine brings over 25 years of experience and it is shared with each new design endeavor.

Margaretjean “Peggy” Smith, Associate:

Peggy joined Cape May Architect in 2011. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from N.J.I.T. Peggy is a highly creative and dedicated designer having worked previously in Summit, N.J. and in Wildwood. She has worked on some of Cape May’s principle historic and Victorian homes such as the Abbey and the Hughs Houses. She is highly organized, energetic, detail oriented and has a passion for design and documentation of new and restored homes. With over 12 years of architectural experience Peggy is an asset to our firm.