Derek was designing advertisements for the family businesses in high school, taking computers apart to fix things that weren’t broken, and teaching himself to code rudimentary programs. As college loomed, Derek was well acquainted with a prospective career path. He was fascinated by form and function: “When my dad upgraded to a computer-controlled manufacturing process at his company, he’d bring sample parts home to show them off. I remember appreciating how simple, precise, and functional they were. That’s what I try to do as a designer: no graphics for the sake of graphics; if it doesn’t have a function it doesn’t belong. Simple can be beautiful and it usually takes much more work to make something simple.” Derek earned his Bachelors of Arts in Graphic/Information Design – Magna Cum Laude and with the department’s honor award – from Central Connecticut State University. He also served as student director of Central Design Studio, producing promotional materials pro bono for the school and nonprofits such as the New Britain Museum of American Art.

Derek joined Centerbrook in 2006 as its Graphic Designer. He is responsible for the visual communication of the firm and designed Centerbrook’s latest book, Centerbrook 4. He also oversees graphic materials produced by the office, composes videos, and assists with environmental design and fundraising materials for clients. His passion for design is equaled by his enthusiasm for photography and videography, examples of which appear on the firm’s website and his own. An inveterate traveler, his camera is always at the ready. He trekked up and down the fjords of Norway on a Centerbrook Travel Grant and gave a copiously illustrated account of the odyssey at the Essex Library as part of the Centerbrook Architects Lecture Series. His photography has been displayed widely on social media and graced the walls of galleries in Chester, Niantic, Essex, and Fairfield.

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