Chad Floyd grew up in Washington, D.C. where a memorable childhood was highlighted by his service as a Senate Page for the likes of John F. Kennedy. Later, as a college student at Yale, he caught the theater bug, focusing on scenery and lighting design at the Yale School of Drama. His interest in architecture was kindled.
After graduating in 1966, Floyd shipped off to Vietnam to serve for thirteen months as a Marine infantry platoon and company commander. Returned to civilian life, he graduated from the Yale School of Architecture in 1973. Several study grants allowed him to travel to India and across the United States, and his observations on urban architecture and celebratory spaces were published in Architectural Record and elsewhere.
Floyd would go on to become an urban designer sought after for his understanding of public celebration dynamics. His background in acting and theater production equipped him for making a breakthrough in communicating design approaches for large civic projects, harnessing television as an interactive medium that could free the architect from the confinement and contentiousness of public meetings.
His projects around the country in academia, the arts, and civic architecture include the Palmer Events Center in Austin, Texas; the Liberty Memorial in Virginia that honors those who lost their lives on 9/11; the Nessel Wing of the Norton Art Center in Florida; an expansion and renovation of the Addison Gallery of American Art at Phillips Academy Andover in Massachusetts; the Krieble Gallery at the Florence Griswold Museum; three projects at Mercersburg Academy in Pennsylvania – a Welcome Center, a Student Center and Head of School residence; a master plan and expansion of the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center; a new residence hall at St. Paul’s School in New Hampshire; the Garde Arts Center in Connecticut; and the Floren Varsity Field House at Dartmouth College. Floyd has garnered 100 awards for design excellence, including the prestigious American Institute of Architects Architecture Firm Award that Centerbrook received in 1998. In 1991 he was invested into the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects, and he is also a Fellow of the Institute for Urban Design.