Ficaro, Hayn Awarded Travel Grants

Published on August 10th, 2011

Nick Ficaro, AIA and LEED AP, and Graphic Designer Derek Hayn are the 2011 recipients of Centerbrook Travel Grants, which are awarded to staff members who “best exemplify selfless devotion to the successful execution of a building's design.”

Each will receive a paid leave of absence and a stipend to enable them to visit, research, and photograph a place of architectural interest anywhere in the world – and report back on their sojourn to the office. Since the inception of the program in 1987, Centerbrook has awarded 78 travel grants.

Ficaro earned his Bachelor of Architecture from Wentworth Institute of Technology in 2003 and worked at Fletcher-Thompson in Shelton, Connecticut before joining Centerbrook in 2006. He is part of the design team for a number of projects at Quinnipiac University, including the York Hill Student Center and the Health Professions Center, as well as for Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School in Missouri. He also has served as a mentor for high school students interested in the fields of architecture, construction, and engineering.

A 2004 graduate of Central Connecticut State University with a Bachelor of Graphic and Information Design, Hayn captured the top award from the university’s Graphics Department in his senior year. He also has managed a student-run design studio and taught courses in Photoshop. Hayn joined Centerbrook in 2006 and designed the firm’s current website, which won an Interactive Design Award from the Massachusetts Innovation and Technology Exchange in 2009. His photography and videography are often featured on the firm’s blog.

Hayn has narrowed his area of interest down to the Northern Hemisphere, while Ficaro is a bit more specific: “I am leaning towards a trip to Europe. Some of the possible locales I have in mind are Germany, Sweden, or England. If I end up staying in the states, I would like to travel to either the Pacific Northwest or the Southwest.”