Derek Brooks, AIA, LEED AP


After working in the industry for over 30 years, Derek brings a wide variety of expertise to Hafer’s architecture team. Derek’s curious and patient personality allows him to work easily with clients to uncover their vision and translate that into memorable, meaningful spaces. His favorite part of the design process is seeing the joy on his client’s face once the project is built.

Derek’s favorite place to travel is Charleston, SC which he says has the perfect mix – beach, history and architecture! As a former cycling enthusiast and racer, he hopes to travel through France and Italy to see the great bike races and, of course, the amazing architecture. Derek’s adventures bring him a fresh perspective and an archive of memories to incorporate into innovative designs.

Derek also bleeds blue. He is a true Kentuckian and loves his UK basketball. In addition to rooting for his favorite team, Derek listens to and plays music (drums!) and closely follows Formula One racing.