Ken began pondering a career in architecture in second grade. He liked to draw and when his mother told him that architects used pencils all day long, he was suitably impressed.

Growing up on a farm in Connecticut, he was surrounded by traditional architecture, and he and his family now live in a 1780 Dutch Colonial, which was built by a man who fought in the Revolutionary War. It is a source of myriad home improvement projects.

On his Centerbrook Travel Grant trip to Rome, he was impressed with arguably the world’s most sustainable building, the Pantheon, which was built nearly two thousand years ago and is still being used.

Ken earned his Bachelor of Science in Architecture at the University of Hartford, and after working for design firms in New Haven and West Hartford, he joined Centerbrook in 2006. After a brief period away to pursue another opportunity, he returned to Centerbrook in 2019.

Ken has contributed here to the Ocean House resort hotel – an enduring Rhode Island landmark – as well as both a new School of Law and Medical School at Quinnipiac University, among other projects.

“Not many architects get to work on both a new law school and a medical school in succession,” he says. “I enjoy projects that have an impact on the lives of the people who use the building. I worked on an addition and renovation to an inner city school in New Haven, the Truman School, and when it was finished the Principal was so moved by the changes that she cried at the opening ceremonies. I’ll never forget that.”

FACTS

  • Visited Sorrento, Pompeii, and Rome for his Centerbrook Travel Grant in 2013
  • Member of both the National Trust and Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation
  • Designing and building a chicken coop with his two boys
  • Restored a 1937 Ford stock car that last raced in the 1950s