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BTGA Promotes Christen Robbins to Associate

Brewster Thornton Group Architects, LLP, recently promoted Christen Robbins, AIA, to Associate level in the firm. Robbins has been with the company for two years and is an invaluable member of the practice, participating in the design of and leading the construction management of the Rhode Island Veterans Home in Bristol, RI. The Home consists of six neighborhoods, each with 32 resident rooms creating a non-institutional feel for the veterans. These small-scale communities are arranged around a communal space that offers the conveniences and services of a town core. Robbins’ background in the hospitality industry gives her a strong perspective on how the buildings’ design affects the level of comfort of and convenience for its occupants.

Robbins graduated from Roger Williams University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Architecture and minors in structural engineering and art/architectural history. While at Roger Williams, she was involved in their AIAS chapter, both as an active member and a board member. She is licensed to practice architecture in Rhode Island, is NCARB certified and LEED accredited. She has been a member of AIA since 2006, active in the Committee on the Environment as a member and chair from 2013-2016.  She joined the AIAri board as a Director in 2013 and was the 2016 Chapter President. Her goal is to share her skills and experiences with those striving to be architects.  Her community service includes her consistent and dedicated support of CANstruction, a local volunteer effort to design three-dimensional displays each year out of canned goods that are later donated to food pantries.

Robbins resides in West Greenwich, RI, with her husband, daughter and four cats. She has a deep love of animals and music. Outside the office, she enjoys going to the zoo with her family or seeing a play or musical with her husband.  

Founded in 1989, Brewster Thornton Group Architects is an award-winning architectural firm in Providence, RI, concentrating on all aspects of the residential and institutional markets.

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