Dean Brookie established his architecture and planning firm based in Durango in 1980. He has dedicated much of his career to developing affordable housing, municipal and educational facilities, and historic preservation in historic downtowns nationwide.
He has served on the city's Board of Appeals and on numerous not-for-profit boards including High Noon Rotary Club, Habitat for Humanity, and the Durango Adult Education Center. He is a founding member of the Boys and Girls Club and a Council Member of the El Pomar Foundation.
In 2007, he was honored as Volunteer of the Year for Habitat for Humanity in Colorado for his design assistance for family housing, and in 2009 received Colorado's Governor's Award for Downtown Excellence for the Best Building Rehabilitation of the former Wallace Furniture Building, located at 858 Main Avenue.
A leader in community development and environmental sustainability, Dean was a principal member of the design teams for the Durango Community Recreation Center and award winning, LEED-certified Durango Multi-Modal Transit Center.
Dean completed a Bachelors of Environmental Design and a Master of Architecture at the University of Colorado – Boulder. Dean enjoys hiking, fly-fishing and percussion. He has three children residing in Washington, D.C. and Loveland, Colorado.