Master Model Maker and Product Designer Patrick McCauley working on Aphrodite

McCauley to Judge Furniture Competition

Published on September 12th, 2011

Architecture for Humanity’s New Haven chapter has named Patrick McCauley, Centerbrook’s Master Model Maker and Product Designer, as one of five jurors of a design competition for urban park furniture, which will be installed along the city waterfront. Architecture for Humanity is a global network of design professionals who offer nonprofit design services for a variety of groups in need.

The goal of the competition is to design prototypes for a picnic table, trashcan, and bicycle rack – either as separate pieces or a single hybrid design element – for Long Wharf Park, where food trucks gather to serve park-goers, motorists, and I-95 construction crews. If successful there, the furniture could be used throughout the city park system. The winner will have the choice of either an Emu Cross armchair and ottoman donated by Coalesse, or a THINK task chair courtesy of BKM/Steelcase; the runner-up receives the alternate prize.

A Connecticut native with a BS in Industrial Design from the University of Bridgeport, Patrick McCauley is responsible for creating detailed presentation models as well as engineering and fabricating custom furniture, lighting, and architectural specialties. Prior to joining Centerbrook, McCauley owned and operated his own design and prototype consultancy. His design work has encompassed exhibition design, theatrical props, toy and juvenile products, artisanal stonework and masonry, and, recently, nautical model-making. His six-foot two-inch replica of the historic powerboat “Aphrodite” is now on permanent display at the Ocean House in Watch Hill, Rhode Island. Patrick also has been an instructor at the University of Bridgeport’s Industrial Design Department, and he currently leads the Centerbrook Workshop on Handcraft and Making for the architectural staff.

In addition to McCauley, the jury includes Karyn Gilvarg, AIA, Executive Director of City Plan for the City of New Haven; David Moser, landscape architect for the City of New Haven; Kent Bloomer, principle and founder of Kent Bloomer Studio; and Jose Corona, owner and operator of the Nexicalli food truck. Judges will select a winning design on the basis of sustainability, affordability, durability, aesthetics, and ease of construction for a $300 construction budget. Submissions are due by October 8. To register and for more information, including photographs of the Long Wharf Park and its food trucks, visit