Brakels ArcherCENTERBROOK: Centerbrook Architects & Planners has hired René Brakels and Cassie Archer to the architectural staff.

Brakels joins Centerbrook with a “diverse background of 15 years in the architecture industry that includes positions in his home country of The Netherlands, Ireland, Latvia and New York. Most recently he served as a job captain at RGB Architects in Providence. Brakels earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Architecture in The Netherlands, where he is a licensed architect.

Archer, who grew up in Nigeria and England, comes to Centerbrook from Kenneth Boroson Architects in New Haven, where she was a senior job captain. After graduating from Wentworth Institute of Technology in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in Architecture, Archer began her career as a designer in California.

Both Brakels and Archer joined Centerbrook in February and have “hit the ground running on Quinnipiac University projects.”