Committed to the tradition of “learn and teach,” Tim Brewer founded the firm in 1989. Starting the practice has allowed him to explore the principles of place-making and sustainability in a collaborative, studio-based environment. The firm’s setting, a collection of early-nineteenth century mill buildings located on Pattaconk Dam No. 3 in Chester, is a reflection of his appreciation for the history and culture of the area and deep roots in the Connecticut River valley, from Glastonbury to Old Saybrook.
Brewer received his Bachelor of Science in Architecture at Ohio State University after studying Urban Planning and Policy for 3 years as a soccer-student-athlete at the University of Denver. Following undergraduate school and a year as a carpenter for a renowned yacht builder in Rhode Island, Brewer returned to Colorado and earned his Masters of Architecture with high distinction from the University of Colorado at Denver in 1986. After gaining experience with large urban developments, university and civic projects in the West, he moved back to Connecticut to start his practice.
Brewer’s diverse portfolio includes colleges and universities, corporate science, private residences, museums, churches, town halls, fire stations, libraries, banking, historic preservation and interior architecture. His work has been honored with awards from the American Institute of Architects, the Connecticut Green Building Council, the Connecticut Building Congress and others. Notable in his body of work in the northeast are several hundred thousand square feet of academic research facilities for Yale University, including the Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Center, the complete modernization of the Laboratory of Epidemiology and Public Health, the Advanced Bioscience Center at Yale’s West Campus and the Clinical and Laboratory Addition to the Connecticut Mental Health Center. Several of these laboratory projects have achieved LEED Gold certification.
Brewer has addressed design of high containment research facilities at Tradelines and design for science at Turnkey, as well as regional presentations on planning and architecture. He is licensed in the States of Connecticut and New York, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards. Brewer has served on the State of CT Department of Construction Services Industry Advisory Council, the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering, is a member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and is certified by the CT Trust of Historic Preservation as an Historic Architect.
Brewer has served on AIA Connecticut’s Board of Directors since 2011, currently in the capacity of President-Elect. Brewer also volunteers on the Boards of two local area not-for-profits, both of which are dedicated to environmental stewardship, life long learning and youth development.
As time allows (and these are very high priorities), Tim loves to travel to remote fly fishing destinations, race sailboats of all descriptions and cruise on the weekends with his wife, Jean, aboard their traditional 40 foot Bristol Sloop.