Upon graduating high school, Robert Brehm left his hometown of Amherst, Massachusetts for Pittsburgh, PA to study graphic arts at Carnegie-Mellon University. It was during a summer working in the apple orchards around Amherst that Robert’s creative interests took an entirely new direction. Fueled by his desire to create, he changed the direction of his study to landscape architecture. In 1985, Robert graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Design from the University of Massachusetts.
In 1986, Robert moved to Connecticut to begin his career in landscape architecture. Prior to joining Granoff Architects in 2001, Robert worked for over a decade with architecture, engineering and landscape architectural offices in southwestern Connecticut, including several years in his own independent practice. His deep working knowledge and distinct vision of his craft and dedication to the profession represent a powerful and invaluable contribution to Granoff Architects overall firm expertise.
Robert and Rich Granoff established their working relationship after a New York Times article sparked an enduring consulting-based collaboration, which included the completion of the landscape plan for Rich’s own home in Greenwich. As the swimming pool on the Granoff property was being completed, the importance and synergy between landscape and building architecture was undeniable. In 2001, landscape architecture became a permanent part of Granoff Architects scope of services and Robert was brought in to head the new division.
Making the world of architecture fit with the landscape involves treating each project with respect. Robert’s artistic vision works each individual site as sculpture to shape and a canvas to paint to embody the client’s sense of serenity and peace. With a palette of stone and earth, plant and flower, air and water, Robert creates a setting that is unique and complimentary, at harmony with not only the architecture and the land, but also the client’s needs and lifestyle.
Robert is a licensed practitioner in Connecticut and New York. He is a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects. He currently resides in Greenwich, CT with his two sons.