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Taking great design even further

At Bruner/Cott, we approach design with a creative curiosity that challenges us to take it to new heights. Whether we are reimagining existing sites, preserving iconic structures or creating entirely new places, we want each of our projects to tell a unique story through thoughtful, beautiful and sustainable design excellence.

Mission

We believe in the power of design to positively impact people’s lives, advance social justice, and protect the environment. Our mission is to:

  • Transform place by creating architecture of enduring value
  • Achieve design excellence through collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking
  • Craft thoughtful design solutions that fulfill our clients’ aspirations
  • Address individual, community, societal, and global challenges

DEIA

Diverse by design

New ideas, different perspectives and a collaborative spirit are the building blocks to any great design. That’s why we’re committed to fostering an environment that empowers individuals with diverse identities, strengths and cultural backgrounds to contribute, grow and succeed.

Initiatives in action

The steps we take each day within our firm help move the entire design industry forward. Through our DEIA Action Plan, we are committed to a respectful and inclusive culture, continuously diversifying our workforce, and creating and maintaining equitable practices in an environment where are all voices are heard and welcome. DEIA is a business imperative.

A ‘JUST’ Firm

Becoming a JUST organization in 2016 was an important step in our journey to becoming a more inclusive, equitable firm. Created by the International Living Future Institute (ILFI), the JUST program gives organizations the proper tools to evaluate themselves through a social justice and equity lens. This transparency platform gives us the opportunity to identify opportunities and policies that are designed to improve social equity and employee engagement throughout our firm. It’s a distinction that we’re committed to maintaining to create a respectful, safe and diverse workplace.

All for 1+

Design isn’t just an opportunity to create. It’s an opportunity to turn vision into reality, provide real people with real spaces of value and revitalize communities in need. That’s why we are proud to support Public Architecture’s 1+ initiative, a national program in partnership with the AIA that challenges architects to dedicate 1% of their billable time toward pro bono design work for non profit clients and communities in need.

Our People

Jason Forney, FAIA LEED AP

Partner + Principal

As a design leader for many of the firm’s notable projects, Jason has advanced Bruner/Cott’s legacy of boldly reusing historic buildings and expanded its commitment to contemporary, sustainable architecture. Jason joined the firm in 2002 with a commitment to transformative design with a purpose.

In 2020, Jason was named a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, the Institute’s highest honor, for his exceptional work and contributions to the profession. His work has received awards at the national, regional, and local levels that include the AIA COTE Top Ten and Building of the Year recognition from The Architect’s Newspaper, Preservation Massachusetts, and the Boston Society of Architects. His work has been published by Architectural Record, Metropolis, The New York Times, and WIRED, and he speaks regularly at the AIA Conference on Architecture and Boston area architecture schools. Jason is a member of the Boston Society of Architects’ nominating committee and editorial board and co-chair of the higher education subcommittee of the AIA’s Committee for Architecture in Education.

Jason’s award-winning work has included Phases Two and Three of the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) in North Adams, MA; Boston’s Huntington Theatre; Frost Terrace; the Powerhouse at Amherst College; the Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine; and the Lunder Arts Center at Lesley University; and the Living Building-certified R. W. Kern Center at Hampshire College.

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Jason Forney, FAIA LEED AP

Partner + Principal

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Dana Kelly

Partner + Principal

Leading Bruner/Cott’s strategic planning, business development, marketing, public relations and communications teams, Dana capitalizes on the firm’s expertise to create mutually beneficial partnerships. Navigating shifts in ever-evolving markets, Dana identifies new opportunities that generate long-term client value and foster ongoing alliances. By elevating the visibility of the practice and strengthening the firm’s commitment to design excellence, Dana benefits both the firm and our clients alike.

Originally trained as a landscape architect, Dana practiced nationally and internationally in the commercial, resort, and residential sectors before shifting focus to architecture at Bruner/Cott. Dana joined the firm in 2006. During her tenure, the firm has transitioned to a second generation of ownership and leadership, including herself, and remains committed to transforming place through design for educational and cultural institutions, mixed-use developments, and regenerative development.

Dana is an active member of multiple prominent organizations including the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Society for College and University Planning, Urban Land Institute, CoreNet New England, Boston Preservation Alliance, and Professional Women in Construction. She is frequently invited to speak on strategic and transitional planning and business development and has served on design award juries for industry organizations and design publications.

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Dana Kelly

Partner + Principal

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Jason J. Jewhurst, AIA

Partner + Principal

Inspired by architectural challenges that demand innovation and adaptable solutions, Jason thrives on leading teams to realize them. A specialist in high-performance buildings, he has directed several transformative projects since joining the firm in 2004.

His work has received awards at the national, regional, and local levels that include the AIA COTE Top Ten, the Boston Society of Architects, the Society for College and University Planning, Preservation Massachusetts, and the Cambridge Historic Commission. His work has been published by Architectural Record, ARCHITECT, Building, Design + Construction, and Preservation. The recipient of a Living Hero Award from the International Living Future Institute (ILFI), Jason is enthusiastic about sharing knowledge with the professional community as well as inspiring tomorrow’s practitioners. He speaks widely at industry organizations including the AIA National Conference on Architecture, the ILFI, NESEA’s Building Energy Conference, and the Boston Society of Architects on topics including high-performance and net positive design, sustainable materials, and campus transformations.

Jason’s award-winning work has included the Smith Campus Center at Harvard University; the Swift Factory in Hartford, CT; the Charles River Speedway in Boston; Harvard Hall at Harvard University; the Rivermark Towers in Cambridge, Building 12 at Portland Foreside in Maine; and the Living Building-certified R. W. Kern Center at Hampshire College.

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Jason J. Jewhurst, AIA

Partner + Principal

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Lawrence Cheng, AIA

Principal

Following nearly two decades of international experience, Lawrence joined the Bruner/Cott team in 1999. Through his work, he translates his passion for socially and environmentally responsible architecture into innovative projects that are sustainable, build human capacity and connection, and promote the well-being of both the community and the planet.

As a principal, Lawrence has led the design of the firm’s significant multifamily housing projects throughout the Greater Boston area, including the award-winning Waltham Watch Factory, 25-35 Channel Center, and the recently completed Rivermark Towers among others. Lawrence is currently spearheading an affordable housing project at 288 Harrison Avenue in Boston’s Chinatown neighborhood.

Lawrence was born and raised in Hong Kong, and his passion for community engagement has kept him active in Boston’s Chinatown community for over 35 years. He is a founding member of the Asian Community Development Corporation, has served in leadership positions for three community master plans, and is currently a board member of the Chinatown Community Land Trust. Lawrence is also an active member of the Urban Land Institute.

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Lawrence Cheng, AIA

Principal

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Henry Moss, AIA, LEED AP

Principal

Henry’s distinguished career in historic preservation and adaptive reuse is rooted in the culture of design thinking at Bruner/Cott. The firm’s passion for rethinking existing buildings to make new kinds of places both stimulates and supports Henry’s award-winning work with projects such as MASS MoCA, the Watertown Arsenal, and the Hemingway Estate preservation near Havana, Cuba. Recipient of the 2015 Codman Award for Lifetime Achievement in Preservation from the Boston Preservation Alliance, Henry acknowledges that for him, the real award is appreciation of the places he helps to create from the people who live and work there.

Henry has led Bruner/Cott’s historic preservation team since 1986 when he joined the firm after sixteen years of life and work in London. He specializes in technical and building history aspects of architecture that inform both delicate restoration and large-scale adaptive reuse projects.

Henry is a recognized spokesman on historic preservation and preservation technology, and frequently writes about the theory and practice of architecture as it relates to historic properties. For over 25 years, he has led technical workshops for architects and contractors on historic building topics for the Boston Society of Architects. He is a founder of the New England Chapter of DOCOMOMO US, the international committee for the documentation and conservation of buildings, sites, and neighborhoods of the modern movement, and on the Properties Committee of Historic New England.

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Henry Moss, AIA, LEED AP

Principal

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Greg Russell, AIA

Associate Principal

For Greg, a key component of the power of design lies in examining and revealing the hidden forces that shape places and how people experience them. He explores ways to express these forces in a wide array of academic, residential, and commercial projects.

Providing critical leadership for projects from schematic design through construction, he has been responsible for several of the firm’s notable, award-winning initiatives on campuses, for cultural institutions, and with developer clients, including Lesley University’s LEED Gold-certified Lunder Arts Center, the Swift Factory, the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine, and the recently-completed Building 12 within the Portland Foreside redevelopment. He is currently working on the renovation of Harvard University’s Newell and Weld boathouses.

Greg is passionate about hiring and mentoring the next generation of architects. Within the firm, Greg oversees staffing assignments and manages Bruner/Cott’s award-winning Emerging Professionals Program. He also shares his knowledge with fellow practitioners through presentations at various conferences, including the annual Architecture Boston Expo.

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Greg Russell, AIA

Associate Principal

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Karen Greene, RA, LEED AP

Senior Associate

Karen joined Bruner/Cott in 2010 and leads teams on a broad range of building types and periods. Karen brings specialized knowledge and experience in architecture and interiors, resulting in dynamic, thoughtfully considered designs and place-making for cultural institutions, performing arts, higher education, and developer clients. Her Award-winning projects have included the School of Law at Boston University, the Smith Campus Center at Harvard University, and Boston’s Huntington Theatre. Karen has been an advisor to Harvard’s Office for Sustainability helping to develop standards for healthy materials compliance. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Cincinnati.

Karen Greene, RA, LEED AP

Senior Associate

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Gretchen Neeley, AIA

Senior Associate

Gretchen worked with us from 2010-2015 and rejoined us in 2022. She has over 25 years of experience applying her planning and design expertise, and leading teams for diverse institutional and cultural clients. Gretchen has worked on several of our significant and award-winning projects such as the Lunder Arts Center at Lesley University and the School of Law at Boston University. Gretchen holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design and Master of Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Gretchen Neeley, AIA

Senior Associate

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Nurit Zuker, AIA

Senior Associate

Nurit is passionate about adaptive transformation and reimagining programs and uses for existing structures. Her expertise in planning and design for educational and cultural clients yields successful projects that are purposeful, exciting, and contribute to social and community equity. Since joining us in 2004, Nurit has been the project manager of several award-winning projects including two student centers at Vanderbilt University, the Smith Campus Center at Harvard, the Powerhouse at Amherst College, and Boston’s Huntington Theatre. Nurit holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Wentworth Institute of Technology.

Nurit Zuker, AIA

Senior Associate

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Adrienne Cali, AIA

Associate

Adrienne brings significant experience managing a diverse range of historic preservation and renovation projects. She received the AIA Young Architect’s Award in 2021 and has been recognized both locally and nationally for her leadership in the field of historic preservation. Since joining us in 2014, Adrienne has managed award-winning restoration and renovation projects including Harvard Hall at Harvard University and the Lunder Arts Center at Lesley University. Adrienne serves as a board member of the New England chapter of the Association for Preservation Technology International. She holds a Master of Arts in Historic Preservation from the Savannah College of Art & Design and a Bachelor of Architecture from Philadelphia University with a minor in Historic Preservation.

Adrienne Cali, AIA

Associate

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George Gard, AIA

Associate

George joined us in 2014 and is focused on the careful transformation and conservation of architectural resources. He merges his work on high-performance and transformative reuse projects with his interest in and research on embodied carbon. George joined us in 2014 after earning a Bachelor of Architecture from Pennsylvania State University and Master of Architecture & Urban Design from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He has managed award-winning projects reuse and renewal projects included Building 6 at MASS MoCA, and Frost Terrace multi-family affordable housing.

George Gard, AIA

Associate

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Christopher Nielson, AIA, CPHC, LEED AP

Associate

Christopher is interested in design that builds community while addressing the impact of climate change. With a high level of expertise in construction technology, community outreach, and high-performance design, Christopher leads project teams to identify common goals and specific solutions. Christopher joined us in 2013. He received the AIA Young Architect’s Award in 2022. He holds a B.A. in Mathematics and Art History from Middlebury College, and a  Master of Architecture from the University of Oregon. Christopher had managed award-winning projects have included the Charles River Speedway, and the Living Building-certified R.W. Kern Center at Hampshire College.

Christopher Nielson, AIA, CPHC, LEED AP

Associate

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Meg Gatza

Director of Operations

As Director of Operations, Meg oversees all firm operations including administration, risk management, human resources, DEIA, and IT. Her devotion to an equitable practice has resulted in Bruner/Cott’s recognition as the first JUST company in New England by the International Living Future Institute and as an Emerging Professional Friendly firm by AIA New England. Meg earned her B.A. in Physics and Religion from Bard College and Master of Arts in Religion and Society from Boston University before joining us in 2009. She currently co-chairs the BSA’s HR Network and leads our internal Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion working group.

Meg Gatza

Director of Operations

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Evan Lukasiak

Manager of Project Accounting & Performance

Evan works on every project at Bruner/Cott. He is our Manager of Project Accounting & Performance. Evan leverages his specialized knowledge in staff training and development, financial reporting, and compliance and controls to support the growth and financial health of the firm and its projects. He is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire’s Whittemore School of Business and Economics and holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration & Finance.

Evan Lukasiak

Manager of Project Accounting & Performance

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Stephanie Salsman

Manager of Marketing & Communications

As Manager of Marketing & Communications, Stephanie focuses on furthering the firm’s reach and recognition using storytelling that is compelling and authentic. Since joining us in 2017, she has helped cultivate an integrated communications strategy that promotes the firm’s transformational design work through awards, presentations, publications, social media, and web content. Her efforts have contributed to significant and critical project recognition including BSA Honor Awards for Design Excellence, Building of the Year recognition from the Architect’s Newspaper, and an AIA Interior Architecture Award. Stephanie earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communication with a minor in English from UMass Amherst.

Stephanie Salsman

Manager of Marketing & Communications

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Rima Abousleiman, AIA, NOMA

Architect

Rima is passionate about leveraging her place in the architecture profession to design an equitable future, with a focus on sustainability and social justice. She has been an integral team member on the renovation of Boston’s Huntington Theatre and a new integrative arts lab at Wesleyan University. Rima joined the firm in 2018 after earning her Bachelor of Science in Architecture and Master of Architecture from Wentworth Institute of Technology. She is an active member of the BSA’s Equity, Diversity, Inclusion Network, Co-Chairs the BSA Emerging Professionals Knowledge Community, and serves as treasurer to BosNOMA.

Rima Abousleiman, AIA, NOMA

Architect

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Bryan Apito, AIA

Architect

Bryan has a broad range of experience in residential, institutional, and educational projects. His interest in the reuse of historic New England mill structures and timber construction are what brought Bryan to us in 2021. Most recently, Bryan was project manager at Emery Rice Hall, a new residence hall at Mass. Maritime and lead a study at the Clark Art Institute. Bryan holds a Master of Architecture and Bachelor of Science from Roger Williams University with minors in Sustainability Studies and Architectural History.

Bryan Apito, AIA

Architect

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Yujin Cao

Designer

Yujin is a designer whose interests span the fields of urban design, architecture, and landscape design. With a background in architecture and urban design, she came to Bruner/Cott in 2022 after working for architectural firms in China. Yujin holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the Huazhong University of Science and Technology and a Master of Architecture in Urban Design from the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Yujin Cao

Designer

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Emily Cedeño

Designer

Emily is a designer interested in diversity in architecture, sustainable design, and transformative reuse. She joined our firm in the fall of 2023 after earning her Bachelor of Architecture and Bachelor of Environmental Design from North Carolina State University. Emily is skilled at producing representative renderings and diagrams to communicate design ideas, as well as physical and 3D-printed models. Currently, she is working on the second phase of work at Boston’s Huntington Theatre and the Living Village at Yale Divinity School, which is under construction.

Emily Cedeño

Designer

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Carolyn Creemers, RA

Architect

Carolyn applies her strong computational and analytical skills to each of her projects, integrating them with principles of biophilic design and human psychology. She earned her B.S. in Architecture from the University of Michigan and holds a Master’s in Architecture and Urban Design from Washington University in St. Louis. Since joining us in 2017, Carolyn has worked on and managed several important projects including the award-winning Charles River Speedway. She has also led the feasibility study for the reuse and renovation of Mass Audubon’s Crocker Cow Barn.

Carolyn Creemers, RA

Architect

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Jackie Mignone, AIA

Architect

Jackie has a passion for community-focused and people-driven projects. She strives to design spaces that are both sustainable and inclusive and is particularly interested in the rehabilitation of existing buildings. Jackie joined us in 2018 after receiving her Bachelor of Science and Master of Architecture from Wentworth Institute of Technology. In addition to managing complex projects like Rivermark, Jackie serves on the Boston Preservation Alliance Board of Young Advisors and is a volunteer with DigitalReady.

Jackie Mignone, AIA

Architect

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Hannah Osthoff, AIA

Architect

Hannah is most interested in the practice of transformative reuse. She approaches reuse projects not only from a perspective of preservation and sustainability. She strives to positively impact the planet and human experience. Hannah earned her Bachelor of Science and Master of Architecture from Roger Williams University. Since joining us in 2022, Hannah’s project work includes the Harvard Square Garage in Cambridge, MA and a new residence hall at Colby College designed in association with Hopkins Architects.

Hannah Osthoff, AIA

Architect

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Madison Rogers, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Architect

Madison is drawn to projects that lie at the intersection of sustainability and social equity. She thrives working alongside a collaborative team to deliver beautiful, transformational, and environmentally sensitive designs. Madison joined Bruner/Cott in 2021 after earning her Master of Architecture with distinction from the University of Michigan and Bachelor of Science in Architecture, magna cum laude, from Northeastern University. She has experience working on LEED Gold, carbon neutral, and net-positive energy projects. Madison co-leads our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion working group.

Madison Rogers, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Architect

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Patrick Sardo

Designer

Patrick is passionate about the reuse of industrial buildings and infrastructure. Patrick assists with design studies, zoning and site research, renderings and visualizations, construction documentation, and model fabrication. He earned his B.S. in Architecture from Ohio State University and his Master of Architecture from the University of Virginia. He is actively working on an affordable housing development at 288 Harrison Avenue in Boston, as well as the second phase of work at Boston’s Huntington Theatre.

Patrick Sardo

Designer

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Mridula Swaminathan

Designer

Having worked in both India and the U.S., Mridula brings a broad range of experience to our firm. She is interested in studying and understanding how societal factors can drive innovative design approaches in an ever-evolving context, and is drawn to projects that skillfully balance preservation, transformative reuse, and sustainable design. Mridula joined us in 2021 and is an active member of BosNOMA and Built Environment Plus (BE+). She earned her Bachelor of Architecture and Planning from Anna University in Chennai, India and her Master of Design Studies from the Rhode Island School of Design.

Mridula Swaminathan

Designer

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Joe Sweeney

Controller

Joe brings over 25 years’ experience working with significant design firms in the Boston area. As our Controller, Joe strategizes with leadership to ensure financial stability and fiscal health, and oversees financial reporting and analysis, accounting, budgeting, utilization, productivity, business management, and tax compliance and auditing. Joe holds a degree in Business Administration, Accounting, and Finance from Salem State University and has been with us since 2017.

Joe Sweeney

Controller

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Karno Widjaja, AIA, CPHC, LEED AP BD+C, Homes, WELL AP

Architect

Karno brings a broad range of expertise in designing unique housing developments and solving complex problems. He is well-versed in a variety of BIM software, often utilizing Revit to streamline workflows and increase overall efficiency. Karno is particularly interested in sustainability analysis and enjoys finding ways to implement sustainable thinking into residential design. Karno worked with us from 2017-2020 and rejoined us in 2023. He is currently working on an affordable housing development at 288 Harrison Avenue in Boston, which will achieve Passive House certification; and the conversion of a historic church into housing in East Boston. Outside the firm, Karno is a co-chair of the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association’s BuildingEnergy Boston conference.

Karno Widjaja, AIA, CPHC, LEED AP BD+C, Homes, WELL AP

Architect

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Sarah Wong

Our Founders

The principles of Bruner/Cott Architects began with our founders, Simeon Bruner, RA, and Leland Cott, FAIA, who held a deep commitment to adaptive reuse and transformative design. This, along with the belief that thoughtful architecture must positively impact the quality of life and experience of users, was a pioneering approach to an architecture practice. Our firm was created over 50 years ago, embracing sustainable and environmentally progressive strategies. Using old buildings is part of who we are and designing new buildings that proactively conserve our environment reflects our continued celebration of renewal, transformation, and design excellence.