Adam was anything but a computer geek in high school and even toyed with the idea of studying architecture. He switched to computer science because he felt that architecture would be a relatively static pursuit, while the burgeoning digital world would be constantly changing, presenting new challenges and opportunities. He was half right. As part of the firm’s three-person IT Department for more than a decade, he has witnessed the dramatic impact that those ever changing computers have had on how buildings are designed and built. After graduating from Porter and Chester Institute and working for a computer firm for three years, Adam joined Centerbrook in 2001 to help keep the firm on the cutting edge of technology. Recently, a Centerbrook project was featured as a case study in the official training guide for Autodesk Revit and the firm has “virtualized” its servers, increasing efficiency while also saving office space and utility costs. An avid sports fan, Adam reports with wit and telling insight on intramural office athletics.

“I like the hands on stuff, customizing computers for people, fixing them, and helping staff get the most out of the various design and communication software,” he says. Our job is to keep people current on the newest electronic tools – we call it ‘Tips and Tricks.’ We go where the technology takes us. Some days I’m not at my desk for more than a minute at a time – at least it seems that way. This firm is very conscious of how technology can advance and improve projects for its clients. People who have gone to other firms still call us looking for help.”

FACTS

  • Adam is good at Badminton, capturing the office doubles title, with his IT colleague Mike, four times
  • Grew up on “an historic dirt road” in Harwinton, Connecticut
  • Harwinton had one stop light back then, still does
  • All his relatives call him for tech support