Jay hails from the Green Mountain State, where he grew up obsessed with alpine skiing, bicycles, and photography. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Communications from Lyndon State College in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, to this day his favorite place. A career as a videographer in broadcast television took him to Florida, Texas, back to Florida, and ultimately to Connecticut – winning awards, including three Emmys. He covered the first Space Shuttle Launch, riots in Miami, Super Bowls, and visits by four U.S. Presidents and Prince Charles and Lady Diana. He spent the night out in Hurricane Andrew filming the ongoing devastation, and he was detained briefly in Haiti, at gunpoint, on suspicion of being a spy. He also had a stint with the Dallas Cowboys, helping establish the team’s Broadcast Television Production Department.

Jay returned to school to earn his Masters of Architecture from the University of California, Los Angeles. He worked for firms in Colorado and Connecticut before joining Centerbrook in 2001, where he has served on design teams for buildings at Quinnipiac University, Wesleyan University, and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. Among the Quinnipiac projects are the York Hill Campus residence halls, the TD Bank Sports Center for Division I hockey and basketball, and renovations for the Carl Hansen Student Center and Echlin Center. He also served as Project Manager for the new 1,500-seat Field House for indoor track. He describes the difference between his two beloved professions this way: “Photography is reactive, trying to capture what Henri Cartier-Bresson called the ‘decisive moment,’ while architecture is proactive; you create the image as you, and the client, would like it to be.”

FACTS

  • Named Centerbrook Associate in 2013
  • Enjoys boating on Connecticut River and Long Island Sound
  • Has a small, but growing, collection of BMW motorcycles
  • Jay is not a spy