rene brakels

rene brakels

Waterford, CT



For many years I have been involved in technical and design related aspects of architecture, in various parts of the world, on projects ranging from 600 sf renovations to 2,000,000 sf new developments.

As part of my BSc degree in engineering I interned at a construction company in Boxmeer and I arranged an internship in Dublin which lead me work on various large projects in a small team with lots of direct responsibility. Pavilion Phase 2 is my proud start-to-finish project as head draftsman and site architect.

My drive to explore lead me to Times Square in New York where I mainly worked on projects in The Netherlands as a designer with technical projects on the side.

At B+M in The Hague, the Amsterdam Eastern Docklands was a major coordination challenge in size, while also taking on Baumschlager & Eberle’s Vodafone Headquarters from sketch to building application and construction documents.

Technical University Delft (ranked 4th in the world, ahead of Harvard), was again a focus on conceptual and theoretical design aspects for my masters degree.

At ISL in Riga I designed and built my first professional project as lead architect.
From there I also kept up my professional development and worked on housing studies, a school expansion project and entered an international competition.



Centerbrook Architects and Planners, LLP, Centerbrook, CT, US, Architectural Associate

Feb 2018 - current

Robinson Green and Beretta, Providence, RI, US, Job Captain

Feb 2017 - Feb 2018

Independent Architect, Riga, LV; Boxmeer, NL, architect

architectural consultant

Aug 2016 - Jan 2017

International School of Latvia, Pinki, LV, school architect & after school art/technology teacher

Jun 2013 - Jul 2016

MulderBlauw, Leiden, NL, designer

Jun 2012 - Aug 2012

B+M architects & consultants, The Hague, NL, Head draftsman & assistant project manager

Feb 2008 - Jan 2010

Rietveld Architects, New York, NY, US, office architect

Aug 2006 - Feb 2008

Scott Tallon Walker, Dublin, IE, Head draftsman & assistant project architect

Aug 2004 - Aug 2006


Technische Universiteit Delft (TU Delft), Delft, NL, MArch, Architecture

At the Technical University Delft I developed a more independent academic attitude to designing my own projects in various conceptual design studio's ranging from non-standard interactive architecture to dwelling, public buildings and technical engineering on all scales.

Each studio combines teaching by academics and practitioners from leading architectural firms, supported by an excellent infrastructure of model-making facilities, studio spaces and frequent excursions, workshops and seminars.

Feb 2010 - Jan 2013

Artez academy of architecture, Arnhem, NL , architecture

This year of academic artistic preparation was part of the HAN university BSc degree and also gained as an entry into the MSc studies.

Aug 2003 - Jun 2004

HAN university, Arnhem, NL, BArch, Building engineering

This degree provides a broad basis for the built environment, including technical detailing, knowledge of materials and structural calculations. During the final year, 2 semester at the Academy of Architecture is part of graduation.

Aug 2000 - Jun 2004

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