Justin grew up on a farm outside Philadelphia. As the youngest of five, he observed how his family interacted with the farmland, the livestock that lived on it, and the structures that complemented it. This relationship sparked his interest to study architecture a rural setting at the University of Florida in Gainesville.

During his studies, Justin spent six months traveling throughout Italy’s Veneto Region learning the works of Andrea Palladio. More specifically, he studied the villas that dealt with the juxtaposition in relocating Venice’s most wealthy city-dwelling merchants to their newly invested reclaimed farmland.

Graduating Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor in Architecture, Justin then moved to Boston to work on redeveloping land parcels outside South Station resulting from Boston’s own massive land reclamation project, The Big Dig. Shortly thereafter, he was accepted at the Yale School of Architecture where scholastic interests brought him to England to investigate the influence of sculpture within a more refined British Landscape. Justin’s passion between architectural forms and their sculptural and functional relationship to the land continues to be an ongoing personal interest and a professional influence.

Justin joined Centerbrook in 2011 and has since been involved with several projects at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, including Nicholls Biondi Hall. He worked extensively on the private coastal residence Casa Ambar, and more recently has honed his museum expertise through design work for the University of New Hampshire, Yale University and the New England Air Museum.

FACTS

  • Scholastic travels have taken him to India, England, and Venice
  • Samuel J. Fogelson Memorial Scholarship Award at Yale