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Childress joined Centerbrook Architects in 1979 and became a principal (owner) in 1996. In 1994 he was selected as one of the decade’s “40 National Architects under 40” by the Architectural League of New York and Interior Magazine.

Childress has won more than 60 design awards including the American Institute of Architects 1998 Architecture Firm Award. He was invested, for design, into the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects in 2001 and recognized for Professional Achievement by the Rhode Island School of Design at their 2005 Commencement. He is a long standing member the National AIA Committee on Design (AIA-COD), serving on its Advisory Group and as the 2015 Chair.

Childress’ portfolio includes the Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine in Connecticut; the Wolf Law Building, Center for Community, and Medical Library buildings for the University of Colorado; the headquarters building for the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) in Lander, Wyoming; a museum and athletic center for Fairfield University; projects for independent schools - MICDS in St. Louis, BB&N in Cambridge, Horace Mann in New York City, and Ridley College in St. Catherines, Ontario.

He is especially proud of working for Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory for over 30 years on 16 projects - including laboratories, a library, auditoriums, a dining hall, housing, a child care center, chiller plants, development offices, and a DNA learning center for the world-renowned center for molecular biology research.

Childress is vested in sustainability with two of his projects certified LEED Platinum, three certified LEED Gold, and a carbon free - Living Building Challenge level - innovation campus for the South Kent School.

His civic commitments include serving on the Town of Essex School Board, the Vice Chair of the Elementary School Building Committee, Planning and Zoning Boards, and Essex Fire Station Building Committee over ten years. He is currently an active volunteer for the Essex Library, including overseeing and funding a lecture series - the Centerbrook Architects Lecture Series. With a focus on architecture and landscaping the series is in its ninth year and brings 8-9 speakers to the library annually.