TURNER BROOKS, AIA

Turner Brooks is a principal of Turner Brooks Architect with Martina Lind, based in New Haven, Connecticut. The firm, first established by Turner in Starksboro, Vermont in 1972, initially designed (and often built) small houses and community facilities local to the area.

The firm’s current work includes housing for homeless youth in New Haven, Connecticut; a building that is to house a “Trapezium” for the practice, teaching, and performance of circus arts in Brattleboro, Vermont; a new arts program facility, including a theater on the campus of the Burgundy Farm Country Day School in Alexandria, Virginia; and a house in Lake Placid, New York. 

Recently completed is a new Community Building at the Cold Spring School in New Haven; and a house in the Catskills for two geologists and family. Past projects include houses, mostly in the New England area, and institutional work, including the Cushing Collection at the Yale School of Medicine, a small museum and archive space exhibiting the work and collections of the pioneering brain surgeon Dr. Harvey Cushing; a new rural campus that includes dorms and community teaching facilities at the Center for Discovery, an institution that treats children with autism spectrum disorder, in Harris, New York; student housing at Marlboro College in Vermont; the Gilder Boathouse for Yale University; the Richard W. Woolworth Library of the Stonington Historical Society; and the Gates Center for the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine. 

The monograph Turner Brooks: Work was published in 1995. Turner’s work has also been featured in books and magazines domestically and abroad and in exhibitions at Middlebury College, Hampshire College, and Yale School of Architecture. He has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Graham Foundation; was awarded a Mid-Career Rome Prize Fellowship in 1984; the Best Teacher Award at the Yale School of Architecture in 1998;  and in 2015 Turner received the Yale Sidonie Miskimin Clauss Prize for Teaching Excellence in the Humanities. 

As a professor of Architecture, Turner has been teaching at Yale University for over thirty-five years. He has also taught at Carnegie Mellon University, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the University of Miami, Middlebury College, and the University of Vermont. 

Turner Brooks received B.A. and M.Arch. degrees from Yale University. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Rome (FAAR).


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