Simeon Bruner has 40 years of experience in architecture and construction. He is known for his creative design and expertise in the adaptive reuse of historic buildings. Mr. Bruner is responsible for client interface and building design, and is directly involved throughout the construction process.
Among Mr. Bruner's projects are the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA), Crown & Eagle Mill Housing, Piano Craft Guild housing for artists, Landmark Center, the 45 Province Street luxury residential high-rise, a new residence hall at Lesley University, and the new Art Institute of Boston also at Lesley University. Mr. Bruner also directed the Boston Children's Museum Master Plan and the reuse study for the Wadsworth Atheneum Art Museum in Hartford.
Before founding Bruner/Cott, Mr. Bruner operated his own construction firm. He is the founder of the Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence, a nationally recognized non-profit award for urban architecture and design, and founder of the Bruner/Loeb Forum with the Loeb Fellowship at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Mr. Bruner holds a Master of Architecture from Yale University and a BA in Biology from Brandeis University.
Leland Cott has 40 years of experience in architecture and urban design. His design expertise is in buildings for educational, multi-occupant residential and commercial use. He is responsible for primary client contact, design and implementation of architecture, interior architecture, and urban design.
Mr. Cott's practice includes the 20 & 21 Custom House Street mid-rise office buildings, the luxury residential high-rise buildings at 931 Massachusetts Avenue and 388 Commonwealth Avenue, Washington Elms Public Housing, Burberry Ltd., the Radcliffe Institute Gymnasium, the renovation of Harvard's Peabody Terrace Housing, Briggs Athletic Center and Blackstone Station (LEED Platinum), the new Center for Student Services at Boston University and the renovation and addition of the BU School of Law. In 2007, Mr. Cott helped direct the effort to restore Ernest Hemingway's house in Havana, Cuba.
Mr. Cott’s experience and interest in the rehabilitation of mid 20-th century modern buildings has led to campus preservation and development plans, lectures, national conference presentations, and a blog series for Metropolis called Icon or Eyesore? Mr. Cott was an adjunct professor of Urban Planning at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, where he taught for 17 years. He is a former Peace Corps Volunteer, former President of the Boston Society of Architects, and a Fellow in the American Institute of Architects. Mr. Cott holds a Master of Architecture in Urban Design from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Architecture from Pratt Institute.
Lynne Brooks has been with Bruner/Cott for more than 20 years. She has considerable experience in the management of complex projects and project teams. She is primarily responsible for use-needs analyses, programming, architectural and interior design concepts, project team management, consultant coordination and work flow scheduling. As a team leader, Ms. Brooks has experience with building consensus with diverse project stakeholders including high level college and university officials and faculty. She is currently a Consulting Principal for Programming for the School of Law renovation and addition at Boston University. She was the Principal-in-Charge of the renovation of the Arthur D. Little building at MIT; the Harvard River Houses and Swing Space Studies; and several projects at Dean College. She collaborated with Moore Ruble Yudell on the new Sloan School of Management at MIT, and the North Campus Master Plan and McLaughlin Cluster Residence Halls at Dartmouth College. Ms. Brooks earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University and her professional degree from the Boston Architectural Center.
Henry Moss began work at Bruner/Cott in 1986. Mr. Moss specializes in historic restoration and in planning and design for large-scale adaptive reuse. His expertise extends to the preservation and ongoing use of 20th century modernist buildings. Mr. Moss' projects include the Watertown Arsenal, the 199 State Street luxury residential building, the preservation of H.H. Richardson's Hayden Building, and Charles Bulfinch's University Hall at Harvard University. He was a key member of the MASS MoCA design team and the Hemingway House preservation team in Havana, Cuba. He is the Principal-in-Charge of the multi-phased adaptive reuse of the Waltham Watch Factory in Waltham, MA and is a Consulting Principal for Preservation for the School of Law renovation and addition at Boston University.
Mr. Moss is a recognized spokesman for the preservation of historic buildings and landscapes. For over 25 years he has led technical workshops for architects and contractors on historic building topics for the Boston Society of Architects, and he is a founder of DOCOMOMO/US New England. He also contributes regular technical editorial material to our Icon or Eyesore? blog posts for Metropolis. Prior to joining Bruner/Cott, he practiced in England for 18 years, where he specialized in historic preservation and public housing renovation. Mr. Moss holds Master of Architecture and Bachelor of Arts degrees cum laude from Harvard University.
Dan Raih has been a senior member of the Bruner/Cott team for over 30 years. He has a wide range of experience in institutional, commercial, and residential projects, from the inception of design through the completion of construction. He has been responsible for many of Bruner/Cott's student life projects, including the new Center for Student Services at Boston University, the Class of 1953 Commons at Dartmouth College, Seegers Union at Muhlenberg College, Bartlett Hall at the University of Chicago, Vanderbilt University's new Commons Student Center (LEED Gold), and the Sarratt Student Center and Alumni Hall also at Vanderbilt. Other projects include the Channel Center luxury residential buildings, and Wells Commons at the University of Maine (LEED Silver). He is currently the Principal-in-Charge of a new dining commons at the University of Georgia. Mr. Raih was an original member of the American Society of Architectural Illustrators. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Notre Dame University.
Lawrence Cheng joined Bruner/Cott in 1999, after managing his own firm for 6 years. He has considerable experience in the design of multi-family housing and mixed use facilities, as well as institutional projects. His contributions include project design, detailing, and overall supervision of project team activities. He was the Associate-in-Charge of Channel Center, a $400 million major mixed-use project in Boston’s Fort Point District. He has increasingly been involved in the design of high performance building envelopes, such as the MIT Sloan School of Management. He has also worked on 45 Province Street; the Chinatown Community Education Center in Boston; the Penmark Condominiums; and Harrison Commons. He is currently a technical support Project Manager for the Boston University School of Law renovation and addition. Mr. Cheng is a former Loeb Fellow in Advanced Environmental Studies at the Harvard Design School, and holds Master of Architecture and Bachelor of Science degrees from MIT.
Bob Simmons joined Bruner/Cott in 1987 and, with his strong background in design, has significantly contributed to many of Bruner/Cott’s best known projects including the MIT Faculty Club, the rehabilitation of Memorial Hall at Harvard University, the Sarratt Student Center and the award-winning new Commons Center at Vanderbilt University, and the adaptive reuse of the former Sears Roebuck warehouse in Boston, now known as Landmark Center. He is currently in charge of project design and production, the supervision of team activities, and the coordination of consulting engineers for his projects. He specializes in dining and student life projects, sustainable design, and historic preservation/adaptive reuse. He was the Associate Principal for the Seegers Union at Muhlenberg College, and is currently working on the design and planning, and renovation of Alumni Hall at Vanderbilt University, and a new dining commons at the University of Georgia. Mr. Simmons received his Bachelor of Architecture from Carnegie Mellon University.
As a Senior Associate, Jason Forney leads design teams at the intersection of campus, arts, and sustainability. He is currently working on the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University, and the New Media & Visual Arts Complex at the University of Maine. He recently completed the new residence halls at Lesley University; and was the Associate-in-Charge of the reuse of the historic gymnasium at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study; the McLaughlin Cluster Residence Halls at Dartmouth College (LEED Gold); the Institute for Global Citizenship at Macalester College (LEED Platinum); and the Sol LeWitt Gallery and Building 14 at MASS MoCA. Mr. Forney is a graduate of North Carolina State University with dual Bachelors Degrees in Architecture and Environmental Design in Architecture.
Laurie Soave leads project teams with attention to building consensus, project priorities, and sustainable design. She also develops programming and design concepts, and coordinates the work of consultants. She is particularly skilled in projects emphasizing historic preservation, adaptive reuse, and sustainable design. She was the Associate-in-Charge for the design and construction of Harvard University’s Dance Center and the Blackstone Office Renovation (LEED Platinum). Since joining Bruner/Cott, Ms. Soave has worked various campus projects. She recently completed two dining projects at the University of Maine – Hilltop Commons and Wells Commons (LEED Silver). Currently she is managing the renovation the Stewart Arts Complex at the University of Maine. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the Boston Architectural Center.
Peter Ziegler joined our firm in 2004 with a strong background in the application of technology to architectural practice. He develops programming and design concepts, manages design and production teams, and coordinates consultant information. He is particularly adept at combining his analytical skills with programmatic and 3-D design solutions. He has recently completed a series of projects for Dean College in Franklin, Massachusetts, including the renovation of an existing building into a new Library Learning Commons, as well as the design for a new Performing Arts & Dining Center. He managed the conversion of the iconic Boott Mill in Lowell, MA to a mixed use residential development and assisted in the re-design of the Hartford Times Building for the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, CT. He was the Project Manager for the new Center for Student Services at Boston University and is currently in this role for the School of Law renovation and addition also at Boston University. Mr. Ziegler received a Bachelor of Science in Art and Design and a Master of Architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts.
Dana is our Director of Marketing and has been with Bruner/Cott since 2006. Her experience in this capacity helps transform our client relationships into successful partnerships. She spearheads alliances with new client groups and fosters those of our existing clients. She works closely with the principals in all aspects of the firm's business, marketing, and PR initiatives. Her expertise is with strategic market analysis, business development, marketing plan implementation, public relations and communications. Ms. Kelly is active in professional organizations including the Society for College and University Planning, the Society for Marketing Professional Services, Professional Women in Construction, NEWIRE, and AASHE. Ms. Kelly holds a Master of Landscape Architecture from the College of Environmental Science & Forestry and a Bachelor of Arts from Hobart & William Smith College.
Scott Chisholm is an Associate with the firm. His responsibilities include design, production management, and construction administration. He recently completed work on 45 Province Street, a new commercial high-rise residential tower in the Ladder District of downtown Boston. Currently, Mr. Chisholm is leading our team on the new mixed-use development in Boston’s Fenway neighborhood at 1282 Boylston Street, and was a Senior Project Manager for the Class of 1953 Commons dining hall renovation at Dartmouth College. Prior to joining Bruner/Cott, Mr. Chisholm worked on a Federal Courthouse, several corporate centers, and as a Project Architect for four years in Sapporo, Japan. Mr. Chisholm received his Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the State University of New York in Buffalo.
As an Associate with Bruner/Cott, Mr. Guditz has extensive experience in the restoration and adaptive use of historic structures of both local and national significance. He has managed a wide range of high profile preservation projects in Boston including the Hatch Memorial Shell, the Wang Center for the Performing Arts, the Christian Science Publishing House, as well as the Nott Memorial at Union College and the U.S. Federal Courthouse and Post Office in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. He is currently the Preservation/Technical Manager for the School of Law renovation at Boston University, an update of Josep Lluis Sert’s mid-century Modern complex in Kenmore Square. Mr. Guditz is a critical team member of the School of Law renovation and addition at Boston University. He received a Bachelor of Architecture and a Bachelor of Science from RPI, and a Master of Arts in Preservation Studies from Boston University.
Aleks Janjic joined Bruner/Cott in 2006. He has a broad knowledge base of design, construction administration and methodology in both private and public projects. His strong business acumen and focus on the clients’ needs results in buildings finished on time and on budget. His responsibilities include project management focusing on client, contractor, and consultant coordination. He recently completed work on the Sloan School of Management; the Arthur D. Little building; and Building E52 all at MIT. He was the Senior Project Manager on the new Center for Student Services at Boston University. Mr. Janjic received a Bachelor of Architecture from Norwich University.
Jason Jewhurst’s responsibilities include conceptual design, design development, construction drawings, and construction administration. His recent projects include the new Center for Student Services at Boston University; the Institute for Global Citizenship at Macalester College (LEED Platinum); 45 Province Street luxury condominiums in Boston; the Global Education Center for the International studies program at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; and the Media Lab expansion at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Mr. Jewhurst received his Associates Degree in Applied Sciences of Civil Technology & Architecture from the University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH; as well as a Bachelors of Architecture (BARCH) Professional Degree Program from Wentworth Institute of Technology, Boston, MA.
Susan Morgan has over ten years of experience working in the design and management of projects that combine new construction with renovation and LEED documentation. She has worked on National Historic Landmark buildings for institutional clients along the east coast. Among her prior projects, Ms. Morgan worked on the design team for the Maine Historical Society Research Library in Portland, ME. She is recently completed work on the programming, planning, and detailing for interior design of the Boston University East Campus Student Center, and is now working on the renovation of the President’s House at MIT, and the renovation and addition to the School of Law complex at Boston University. Ms. Morgan has been an instructor of architectural design and design computing for the Boston Architectural College for the past eight years.
Greg Russell leads projects from schematic design through construction. Currently, He is working as the Project Manager for the new Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. He is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Virginia. In 1993, he was the recipient of the Sean Steele-Nicholson Award for excellence in architecture, and in 1998, won the Marvin Goody Prize for his architectural thesis research. He was a project manager for the Blackstone Station renovation at Harvard University and has designed projects at Mt Auburn Cemetery and the DeCordova Museum. Also, Mr. Russell is the building committee chairman for Christ the King Presbyterian Church, and served as the owner’s representative for a renovation project to this historic 1851 Cambridge building.