Chad Floyd

Chad Floyd, FAIA

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.