Architecture is Brian’s second career, his first being in the performing arts, as a dancer with the prestigious American Ballet Theatre. But all along, there were indications of his future profession. When the ABT was planning a relocation of its rehearsal facilities from New York’s Upper West Side, it enlisted Brian to draw test layouts of how the rehearsal spaces would fit into a prospective building. On tour, he enjoyed meandering about the theaters, studying the architecture and inspecting back-of-house spaces. “One sign that architecture was an interest was that after several years of living in Manhattan, I still walked around like a tourist, eyes up, admiring the buildings,” he says.

In 1985 Brian turned his talents to architecture and joined Dubose Associates of Hartford, where he worked on cultural, commercial, residential, and academic buildings as Project Manager. He joined Centerbrook in 2005 and was named an Associate in 2012. Among the buildings he has contributed to are: Renaissance Hall at Buckingham Browne & Nichols in Cambridge, Massachusetts; the Rocky Top Student Center at Quinnipiac University; Lakewood House, a widely published private residence; and the Academic Laboratory Building at Southern Connecticut State University. He also served as the Project Manager for the new home for Quinnipiac’s School of Law. “The details of a building are critical because they create a visceral connection with people,” he says. “At the York Hill Campus Student Center, for example, the railings on the grand staircase feature metal profiles of the school mascot, a bobcat, climbing up and down at various intervals.”

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  • Centerbrook Travel Grant recipient
  • Renovating a 19th Century farmhouse