Personal Greeting Jim Childress, FAIA

Centerbrook Architects and Planners

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Centerbrook Architects and Planners
Centerbrook, CT


Jim Childress received a BFA and BARCH from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1977 and 1978, respectively. He has worked with Centerbrook Architects since 1979 and has been a Partner in the firm since 1996. He was selected as one of the decade’s 40 National Architects under 40 in 1994. With his partners – Bill Grover FAIA, Jeff Riley FAIA, Mark Simon FAIA, and Chad Floyd FAIA – he received the AIA’s National Firm of the Year Award in 1998. He received his AIA Fellowship in 2001.

Jim served on the Connecticut AIA Board from 1998-2004, and was its 2002 president. He has taught at the Rhode Island School of Design and the Eidgenossiche – Technique Hochschule in Zurich, and serves on the Advisory Board for the University of Hartford School of Architecture.

His work includes 30 years of helping create a ‘village of science’ at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York. He has completed four projects for the University of Colorado system including the Health Science Center Library in Denver, the new Law School, and the Center for Community on the Boulder Campus. Other completed projects include the headquarters for the National Outdoor Leadership School in Lander, Wyoming, renovations, and additions to Buckingham Browne & Nichols School in Cambridge, MA, and numerous houses, churches, and small museums.


Rhode Island School of Design
Providence, Rhode Island, United States
BARCH, 1978
1978 To 1979

Rhode Island School of Design
Providence, Rhode Island, United States
BFA, 1977
1973 To 1977

Job History

Centerbrook, CT, United States
September 1981 - present

Moore Grover Harper
intern architect
Essex , CT, United States
September 1978 - September 1981