Jeff spent his formative summers in the north woods of Maine at the family’s camp, which consisted of fourteen log cabins built by his great grandfather at the turn of the twentieth century. His love of woodcraft developed early on and led to his mastering the art of wooden boat building that years later would inform much of his architectural design.
Jeff’s talent for drawing, and his fascination with human individuality, led him to France, where he spent his days sketching people in the parks and bistros of Paris. His interest in capturing people’s character and varied expressions has also greatly influenced his approach to architecture.
Jeff graduated from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, with a B.A. in Fine Arts in 1968. He received his Master of Architecture degree from Yale University in 1972 and soon thereafter co-founded the firm of Moore Grover Harper, the predecessor of Centerbrook Architects. His body of work includes private residences, community centers, hotels, churches, museums, sports arenas, music halls, and numerous educational facilities across the United States. Most notably, Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut, retained Jeff as its sole architect for four decades.
Many of Jeff's building designs have been recognized as among the world’s best, including the Quinnipiac University Law School Center, the Wriston Art Center at Lawrence University and his own house in Guilford, Connecticut, which received the New England AIA 25 Year Award. In 1992 he was invested into the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects. Jeff has received 71 design awards, including the prestigious American Institute of Architects Firm Award in 1998, the highest national recognition an American architectural firm can receive.
Mark was born into the world of the arts. His father, Sidney Simon, was a sculptor, and his mother, Joan Crowell, a writer and composer, inspirations that led Simon to major in sculpture at college. After graduating cum laude in 1968 from Brandeis University, he switched to architecture. Being naturally gregarious, he felt he would be happier working with other people and that architecture might touch more diverse lives than sculpture.
After graduating from the Yale School of Architecture in 1972, Mark initially built cabinets and houses, but then worked in several architecture offices, and was soon hired by Charles Moore, his former teacher and dean at Yale. They collaborated on a number of homes, and in 1978 Simon was named as a partner at Moore Grover Harper, which eventually became Centerbrook Architects.
From the start of his career, Mark has been a pioneer in the practice of “green” architecture, beginning with his design in 1973 of an “Earth House” that was built into a hillside and decades later continues to take advantage of the clean heating and cooling energy of terra firma. Today Mark’s practice ranges from private houses and highly crafted furniture, to commercial, institutional, academic, and religious projects. His projects span from China to Mexico to local projects in New England. Recent houses like the Lakewood house in the Northeast and Casa Ambar in Cabo are explorations in new aesthetics.
Mark continues designing groundbreaking buildings for independent schools like Pomfret, Berkshire, University School, and Keystone Academy in Beijing. He has designed many landmark buildings, among them: LancasterHistory in Pennsylvania; Nauticus – The National Maritime Center in Virginia; Park Synagogue East in Ohio, the Chemistry Building and Business School at the University of Connecticut; Yale’s Kroon Hall (with Hopkins Architects); the Yale Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center; Reese Stadium, the Kenney Center and Jensen Plaza at the renowned Yale Bowl. He is now completing a multi-building Alumni Center for Duke University and leading a substantial team to comprehensively renew and extend Yale’s famed Peabody Museum of Natural History.
Mark's innovative design has been noted by Time Magazine and The New York Times, among others. His 112 architectural awards include the prestigious American Institute of Architects Architecture Firm Award that Centerbrook received in 1998. In 1990, he was inducted into the American Institute of Architects College of Fellows.
Jim joined Centerbrook Architects in 1979 and became a principal (owner) in 1996. In 1994 he was selected as one of the decade’s “40 National Architects under 40” by the Architectural League of New York and Interior Magazine.
Jim has won more than 60 design awards including the American Institute of Architects 1998 Architecture Firm Award. He was invested, for design, into the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects in 2001 and recognized for Professional Achievement by the Rhode Island School of Design at their 2005 Commencement. He is a long standing member the National AIA Committee on Design (AIA-COD), serving on its Advisory Group and as the 2015 Chair.
Jim’s portfolio includes the Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine in Connecticut; the Wolf Law Building, Center for Community, and Medical Library buildings for the University of Colorado; the headquarters building for the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) in Lander, Wyoming; a museum and athletic center for Fairfield University; projects for independent schools - MICDS in St. Louis, BB&N in Cambridge, Horace Mann in New York City, and Ridley College in St. Catherines, Ontario.
He is especially proud of working for Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory for over 30 years on 16 projects - including laboratories, a library, auditoriums, a dining hall, housing, a child care center, chiller plants, development offices, and a DNA learning center for the world-renowned center for molecular biology research.
Jim is vested in sustainability with two of his projects certified LEED Platinum, three certified LEED Gold, and a carbon free - Living Building Challenge level - innovation campus for the South Kent School.
His civic commitments include serving on the Town of Essex School Board, the Vice Chair of the Elementary School Building Committee, Planning and Zoning Boards, and Essex Fire Station Building Committee over ten years. He is currently an active volunteer for the Essex Library, including overseeing and funding a lecture series - the Centerbrook Architects Lecture Series. With a focus on architecture and landscaping the series is in its ninth year and brings 8-9 speakers to the library annually.
Chad grew up in Washington, D.C., where a memorable childhood was highlighted by service as a Senate Page for the likes of John F. Kennedy. Later, as a college student at Yale, he caught the theater bug, availing himself of directing and lighting design classes at the Yale School of Drama. His interest in architecture was kindled.
After graduating in 1966, Chad shipped off to Vietnam to serve for 13 months as a Marine infantry platoon and company commander. Returned to civilian life, he graduated from the Yale School of Architecture in 1973. Several study grants allowed him to travel to India and across the United States, and his observations on urban architecture and celebratory spaces were published in Architectural Record and elsewhere.
Chad would go on to become an urban designer sought after for his unique understanding of public celebration dynamics. His background in acting and theater production equipped him to make a process breakthrough in harnessing live television to engage whole communities in the planning of urban design projects. Floyd’s interactive “Design-a-thons” freed the typical process from the contentiousness of public meetings and led to a remarkable record of public and private investment in places like Dayton, Ohio; Watkins Glen, New York; Roanoke, Virginia; Springfield, Massachusetts; Indianapolis, Indiana; and Salem, Virginia.
His projects around the country in academia, the arts, and civic architecture include the Palmer Events Center in Austin, Texas; Liberty Memorial in Virginia that honors those who lost their lives on 9/11; Maud Gatewood Hall at the University of North Carolina; an expansion and renovation of the Addison Gallery of American Art at Phillips Academy Andover in Massachusetts; Krieble Gallery at the Florence Griswold Museum; Almetris Duren Hall at the University of Texas at Austin; new studio arts and athletics buildings at Colgate University; a master plan and two new academic buildings for St. Mark’s School of Texas in Dallas; a master plan and expansion of the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center; a new academic and dining building for the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College; renovation of the Garde Arts Center in Connecticut; and new and renovated science buildings along with the new Floren Varsity Field House at Dartmouth College.
Recent projects include the new Thompson Exhibition Building for Mystic Seaport Museum; a new Outpatient Pavilion for UConn Health and a new academic building for the UConn Medical and Dental Schools, both in Farmington; a master plan for Charlotte Country Day School leading to five renovated and new buildings; a master plan and expansion for Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington, Connecticut; renovation of McGovern Hall at the University of St. Joseph’s in West Hartford, Connecticut; new academic buildings for Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Virginia, Greensboro Day School in North Carolina, a master plan with subsequent new and renovated buildings for Saint Andrew's School in Boca Raton, Florida; and a campus plan leading to seven new buildings for Bowdoin College’s Schiller Coastal Studies Center on Orr’s Island in Maine.
Chad has garnered 104 awards for design excellence, including the prestigious American Institute of Architects Architecture Firm Award that Centerbrook received in 1998. In 1991 he was invested into the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects, and he is also a Fellow of the Institute for Urban Design.
Todd has successfully tackled a variety of building designs during two decades at Centerbrook ⎯ from a working farm in Maine to a major expansion of a research facility set in the whaling village of Cold Spring Harbor on Long Island. The challenge of finding creative design solutions to complex building projects fuels Todd's passion for architecture.
His love for problem solving and architecture developed in a high school design thinking class and further blossomed during two summer internships at local architectural firms. The studio environment was an exciting break from the traditional classroom and he was hooked. His designs for a variety of project types including – education, learning spaces, scientific research, churches all promote and facilitate social interaction, ‘it is the people that make the buildings come alive’. He designs with the core belief that learning extends well beyond the classroom walls and communities are strengthened when they have the opportunity to organically interact.
After graduating from Kingswood Oxford in 1991, Todd earned his Bachelors of Architecture at Syracuse University in 1996. Joining Centerbrook soon thereafter, he went straight to work on projects at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. In 2002 he served as project manager for the establishment of the Hillside Research Campus, the single largest addition to the venerable scientific research institution that was founding in 1890. The challenge was to make the modern 100,000-square-foot facility fit into the historic campus as well as the wooded residential neighborhood.
"Cold Spring Harbor is where I grew up professionally, and I have forged lasting friendships with the people there," Todd says. "I learned not only about designing buildings, but also about how to create an overall sense of place. Because science and learning occur beyond the classroom walls, I strive to make spaces that promote social interaction in every project – whether the building is devoted to research, academia, business, or religion. Fostering social interaction is important in every case.”
Todd has worked on other campuses as well. He served as the project manager for the STEM building and Center for Community at the Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School, and more recently led the renovation of the Albertus Magnus College student center.
Todd resides locally with his wife, three children, and their chocolate lab. He has volunteered with the Valley Soccer Club and enjoys teaching children the values of teamwork. He stays active by playing soccer, pond hockey, and surfing.
As the daughter of a cabinetmaker-turned-contractor, Elizabeth was exposed to the art of hand drafting and the craft of building from an early age. She spent many hours observing the design process in her father’s workshop and on construction sites.
Raised in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., she also was influenced by the political and social climate characteristic to the area. This interest would propel her to achieve a national ranking in debate. Collectively, these formative experiences would form the foundation of her architectural education and practice. Elizabeth graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture and a minor in Philosophy from the University of Virginia, where she received the Faculty Award for Design Excellence. After graduation, she collaborated with a pair of professors on theoretical projects exploring responsive public spaces. Shortly thereafter, she relocated to New York City and began working for Openshop|Studio, a boutique firm that reinvented residential, retail and restaurant spaces with materials and light.
In 2011, Elizabeth earned her Masters of Architecture from Yale University, graduated second in the class and won the AIA Henry Adams Certificate and the William G. and Virginia Field Chester Scholarship Award. Highlights of her graduate work included traveling to and studying the history of the Venetian lagoon and the traditions of English landscape architecture. Her studies culminated in a final project which rethought Le Corbusier’s Capitol Complex project for the Utopian city of Chandigarh, India.
Elizabeth joined Centerbrook in 2012 and has contributed to projects at the Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine in Farmington, Connecticut, a renovation at the University of Texas Law School, and The Pavilion at Grace Church in Providence, Rhode Island. Recently she has been involved in designs for Fairfield University, Greenwich Country Day School, and a private lakefront residence in Connecticut.
Justin grew up on a farm outside Philadelphia. As the youngest of five, he observed how his family interacted with the farmland, the livestock that lived on it, and the structures that complemented it. This relationship sparked his interest to study architecture in a rural setting at the University of Florida in Gainesville.
During his studies, Justin spent six months traveling throughout Italy’s Veneto Region learning the works of Andrea Palladio. More specifically, he studied the villas that dealt with the juxtaposition in relocating Venice’s most wealthy city-dwelling merchants to their newly invested reclaimed farmland.
Graduating Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor in Architecture, Justin then moved to Boston to work on redeveloping land parcels outside South Station resulting from Boston’s own massive land reclamation project, The Big Dig. Shortly thereafter, he was accepted at the Yale School of Architecture where scholastic interests brought him to England to investigate the influence of sculpture within a more refined British Landscape. Justin’s passion between architectural forms and their sculptural and functional relationship to the land continues to be an ongoing personal interest and a professional influence.
Justin joined Centerbrook in 2011 and has since been involved with several projects at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, including Nicholls Biondi Hall. He worked extensively on the private coastal residence Casa Ambar, and more recently has honed his museum expertise through design work for the University of New Hampshire, Yale University and the New England Air Museum.
Growing up with brothers, cousins and uncles in the construction industry, building and tinkering came naturally to Mark. Today he works on his own house and is exploring a new found joy in building dry-laid stone walls.
Mark’s passion for sports and art growing up often involved his family members as participants or portrait subjects. He still pursues these pastimes, playing and coaching sports while painting, sculpting and creating bas reliefs that use LED light to create shifting shadows.
In his first career, as a restaurant manager with Hilton Hotels, among others, he readily appreciated the importance of design in food presentation. His design and construction sensibilities turned Mark to architecture; he earned his Bachelors of Architecture from Roger Williams University and was first in his class. He worked for a small Connecticut firm designing high-end residences before joining Centerbrook in 1997 and being named an associate in 2005 and senior associate in 2014. Mark was promoted to associate principal in 2017.
His portfolio encompasses academic, cultural, laboratory, and commercial projects, among them the People's United Sports Center at Quinnipiac University and two projects at The Hotchkiss School, including a woodchip-burning Biomass Heating Facility. He was project manager for the mixed use Bedford Square in Westport, Connecticut.
Mark chairs the Centerbrook Sustainability Committee, which oversees the integration of green building design in all of the firm’s projects. Centerbrook has accepted the American Institute of Architect’s 2030 Commitment, whose goal is to have all buildings be carbon neutral by 2030. LEED AP BD+C, Mark is a frequent presenter on sustainability; he co-led, with the USGBC, a recent webinar on Biomass Thermal Energy in high-performance buildings.
Mark cites the glass-walled Hotchkiss Music Center as one of his favorites: “It was a complicated project, which I love. Helping design the practice rooms and concert hall in a bucolic setting, at the edge of a golf course overlooking the lake was a great experience. The biggest challenge was integrating a contemporary, glassy building in a Georgian campus. The Hotchkiss music program has blossomed beyond expectation and the continued love of the building shows that we succeeded.”
Known for his native Texan charm along with considerable administrative skills, technical expertise, and design talent, Jon has been crucial to the firm’s ongoing work at Quinnipiac University on all three of its campuses. He has overseen such major projects there as the People's United Sports Center; the new Health Science Center; the Frank H. Netter, M.D. School of Medicine; the 2,000-bed York Hill Residence Halls; a dining hall expansion; and two new student centers. He also developed a master plan for sustainability for the York Hill Campus, which features an innovative wind terrace, a geothermal cooling system, photovoltaic collectors and a co-generation heat plant.
A colleague likened him to the conductor of an orchestra who keeps all the elements of a project in sync, communicating with and inspiring each section toward a common goal of excellence. Jon has worked on buildings that have won 14 design awards, most notably the Neuroscience Center at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, a leading biomedical research facility and a Centerbrook client since 1974. He was at Centerbrook when the firm was honored by the national AIA with its prestigious Firm Award in 1998.
In addition to his responsibilities at Quinnipiac, Jon has worked on a number of other campuses, including Dartmouth College, the University of Colorado and Yale University. He is currently overseeing major projects at Fairfield University and Greenwich Country Day School.
A graduate of Texas Tech University with a B.A. in Architecture, Jon joined Centerbrook in 1987. He was named an associate principal in the firm in 2010.
Jon is an active volunteer in the community, serving since 2003 on his hometown planning and zoning commission.
Reno began his building career in his teens, working construction with his uncles. Today he can tackle anything his house – or his parents’ summer cottage – can throw at him, from additions and decks to wiring and plumbing. He knew in high school that he would pursue a career in architecture because it combined his two enthusiasms: science and art.
A semester abroad in Italy sealed the deal: “As soon as I got off the plane, I climbed to the top of the campanile in the Plaza del Duomo, and the view of Florence left me awestruck. I was speechless. I had never experienced anything like that.”
He earned his Bachelors of Architecture from Syracuse University, joined Centerbrook in 1993 after working for several other firms; He was named an associate in 2004, senior associate in 2014 and was promoted to associate principal in 2017.
Reno has found Centerbrook’s eclectic clientele to be a good fit: “Every project here is a new experience, an opportunity to learn and do something different.”
He has been project manager for, among others, the Academic Science & Laboratory Building at Southern Connecticut State University. His academic credits include serving on the design teams for buildings at Yale, M.I.T., Colgate, Amherst, and Pomfret School. His portfolio also encompasses residential, religious, and cultural projects, among them the Nessel Wing at the Norton Museum of Art in Florida, Park Synagogue East in Ohio, and the widely published Lakewood House in the Northeast.
His design/build chair was judged to be the best in the second Centerbrook Chair Workshop. His modern interpretation of a club chair consists of multiple, horizontal, thin layers of plywood - stacked top to bottom with each sheet separated by a narrow uniform gap and laser cut to resemble a topographical model, including a tapered landing zone. He describes his comfy creation as “a chair with many layers and levels, deceptively simple and surprisingly comfortable.”
David was born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica, where his father, a mechanical engineer, operates his own metal fabricating company. David learned the trade as a teenager, and found that he enjoyed welding and putting things together with his hands – except for “the greasy part.”
He also liked to draw and in high school his godfather recommended him to a friend who ran an architectural firm. David taught himself AutoCad, an early design technology, and shared his knowledge with his older colleagues. After high school, he attended the Caribbean School of Architecture at the University of Technology in St. Andrew, earning his Bachelors and Masters in architecture. He continues to be in the first wave of those who embrace emerging and evolving design technologies and 3D software such as Revit.
After working for firms in Jamaica and Florida, he joined Centerbrook in 2006 and has contributed to academic, cultural, and corporate projects, among them the national headquarters of Welltower in Ohio, the Addison Gallery of American Art in Massachusetts, and more recently the Outpatient Pavilion and Academic Entrance Building at UConn Health. He was named an associate principal in 2019.
In Jamaica, one of his most successful projects was for a friend: “I enjoy residential design because you interact directly with the people who will be using the building. In this case it was with a friend. I was in the field while the house was being built, working with the carpenter and the mason, and it really opened my eyes to how your design gets implemented on the ground. To me the spaces inside are the most important because that’s where people live. The best part is that the homeowner and I are still friends.”
Agatha had a passion for art and drawing in high school. “At family gatherings I’d be in the corner sketching my relatives interacting with one another, or at other times I would draw the landscape I could see looking out of a window,” she says. “I also needed to know how things were put together, and the details of how they were designed.”
Deciding that architecture was a practical outlet for her creative impulses, Agatha pursued a bachelor's degrees in both architecture building sciences (with a minor in business management) from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Her college thesis focused on furniture design for tight living spaces, and she represented RPI in a furniture design/build competition. In a woodshop class, she also designed a wood-slated, undulating lounge chair that looked like a sure cure for insomnia? (it was comfy).
After stints with architectural firms in Connecticut, New York City, and Washington D.C., Agatha joined Centerbrook in 2003 and has served on design teams for projects on all three campuses of Quinnipiac University. She was project manager for its Health Professions Center, which includes a new medical school that is focusing on primary care. She honed her academic and laboratory design skills working on the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan. Her recent work includes designs for the Goodspeed Opera House, Springfield College and continued projects at Quinnipiac. She was named an associate principal in 2019.
“Architecture is a joy,” she insists. “I’m always learning something new and tapping into things that interest me, like medicine, science, and craftsmanship. Every job presents new challenges, multiple tasks, and there are opportunities to work with experts in various specialties, all collaborating toward one goal. It’s incredibly rewarding when you see people using the spaces and the buildings that you have created.”
There was a picnic table in the backyard of the Santaniello home in Springfield, Massachusetts, and when Andrew was a youngster his dad would tell him to go out back and pound nails into it. It kept him busy for a spell. Before very long, the composition of the table had changed from wood to metal. The notion of doing a job right started there.
Andrew’s parents came to America from Italy as adults, learned the language, worked hard, and were sustainable well before the term came into vogue. They started their own businesses, tended a big garden, made homemade wine, and sewed his sisters’ dresses. Andrew liked to sketch early on and was into understanding how things went together in metal shop and drafting classes in high school. He took to the digital world right way, in particular the graphic programs.
He pursued his bachelor's and master's degrees in architecture at Norwich University in Vermont, and after working for another Connecticut firm, he joined Centerbrook in 1996. He was named an associate principal in 2019.
Andrew has been project manager for a number of high profile jobs, including the Sullivan Museum and History Center at his alma mater, the national headquarters for Welltower in Ohio, and the Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine in Farmington, Connecticut. This last complex project encompassed 173,000-square-feet and cutting edge research laboratories; it also entailed coordinating design and construction management with a large team of architects, consultants, contractors, and state and local officials. He's now undertaking a very similar design coordination effort as project manager of the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History's extensive renewal project.
Andrew approaches such challenges with positive thinking: “I have learned that the most important thing about getting a project done right is the relationships you foster with team members. I enjoy getting to know people, all kinds of people, and sharing a laugh down in the trenches. And these relationships are important when you are solving problems in the home stretch during construction. You have to be firm, you can’t avoid difficult issues, but you can also be respectful and polite while not taking yourself too seriously.”
With 20 years of practice as a senior project manager, Ted has experience with a broad range of project types, including: hospitality, health care, laboratories, higher education and private residences.
As an architect, planner and manager, Ted brings exceptional depth to each of his projects. With a passion for building sustainably, he finds not only efficiency in energy use, but designs buildings that perform at the highest levels.
“We use site and context to influence our designs. We work to find something special in each place and bring it forward in our projects. In so doing, we are confident they will flourish and endure.”
Ted studied engineering at Wentworth Institute of Technology and architecture at Syracuse University, which included a year of study abroad in Florence, Italy. Ted joined Centerbrook In 1998, the same year it received the AIA Firm of the Year Award. He was named associate in 2010 and associate principal four years later.
Ted’s commitment to design and fostering respectful and productive client relationships have afforded him the opportunity to be involved with a diverse range of projects during his career.
“I have always found the design process intriguing, from the time when you and the client dream of what can be – envisioning the building – right down working out details during construction. When you walk through a finished building with your client and see people using it, enjoying it, there’s always an incredible feeling of accomplishment for the team.”
Ted has been involved in a leadership role for a variety of Centerbrook projects, including Kroon Hall at Yale University, the Florence Griswold Museum, Berkshire School’s Bellas/Dixon Math and Science Center, UConn Health’s Outpatient Pavilion and Jorge Bergoglio Residence Hall at Sacred Heart University.
On the home front, Ted spends a lot of time roaming the sidelines of his boy’s ballgames and is constantly renovating the family home. His appreciation for color, texture, form and design extend to the outdoors, where he enjoys gardening.