Simeon Bruner has over 40 years of experience in architecture and construction. He is known for his creative design and expertise in the adaptive reuse of historic buildings. Simeon is responsible for client interface and building design, and is directly involved throughout the construction process.
Among Simeon’s projects are the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA), Piano Craft Guild housing for artists, Boston’s Landmark Center, Promenade at the Foundry, and 45 Province Street, a luxury residential high-rise. He also directed the Boston Children's Museum Master Plan and the reuse study for the Wadsworth Atheneum Art Museum in Hartford. He recently completed The Viridian, luxury high-rise residences at 1282 Boylston Street in Boston, and the Lunder Arts Center at Lesley University. He is currently working on Phase III of MASS MoCA; the expansion of the Foundry residential complex in Providence, RI.
Before founding Bruner/Cott, Simeon 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. He holds a Master of Architecture from Yale University and a BA in Biology from Brandeis University.
Leland Cott has over 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.
Leland’s practice includes the 20 & 21 Custom House Street mid-rise office buildings, the luxury residential high-rise at 931 Massachusetts Avenue, Washington Elms Public Housing, Burberry Ltd., the historic gymnasium renovation at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, the renovation of Harvard's Peabody Terrace Housing, Briggs Athletic Center and Blackstone Station (LEED Platinum), and the new Center for Student Services at Boston University (LEED Gold). In 2007, Leland helped direct the effort to restore Ernest Hemingway's house in Havana, Cuba. He recently completed the School of Law renovation and addition at Boston University; and is currently working on the Charlton College of Business expansion at UMass Dartmouth; the Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center at Harvard University (in association with Hopkins Architects); and the programming and design of a new facility for the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine.
Leland’s experience and interest in the rehabilitation of mid-20th 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? He was an adjunct professor of Urban Planning at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, where he taught for 17 years; a former Peace Corps Volunteer; a former President of the Boston Society of Architects; and is a Fellow in the American Institute of Architects. Leland holds a Master of Architecture in Urban Design from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Architecture from Pratt Institute.
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 was the Principal-in-Charge of Channel Center, a major mixed-use project in Boston’s Fort Point District. He has also been responsible for many of Bruner/Cott's student life projects, including Bartlett Commons at the University of Chicago; and several projects at Vanderbilt University including the Sarratt Center, the new Commons Center, and the renovation of Alumni Hall.
His sustainable dining projects include the new Yawkey Center for Student Services at Boston University (LEED Gold); the Blue Wall dining renovation at UMass Amherst and the renovation of Wells Commons at the University of Maine (LEED Silver); the Class of 1953 Commons at Dartmouth College, Seegers Union at Muhlenberg College, and Bolton Commons at the University of Georgia (LEED designed). He is currently the Principal-in-Charge of the dining renovation at the Harvard Club of Boston, and the Brigham and Women's Hospital cafeteria renovation. Daniel was an original member of the American Society of Architectural Illustrators. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Notre Dame University.
Henry Moss began work at Bruner/Cott in 1986. He 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. Henry’s 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 was the Principal-in-Charge of the multi-phased adaptive reuse of the Waltham Watch Factory in Waltham, MA. He is currently a Consulting Principal for Preservation for the Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center at Harvard University (in association with Hopkins Architects), and the renovation of 808 Memorial Drive in Cambridge, MA.
Henry 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, Henry practiced in England for 18 years, where he specialized in historic preservation and public housing renovation. In 2015 he received the Codman Award for Lifetime Achievement in Preservation from the Boston Preservation Alliance. He holds Master of Architecture and Bachelor of Arts degrees cum laude from Harvard University.
Lynne Brooks has been with Bruner/Cott for 29 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, Lynne has experience with building consensus with diverse project stakeholders including high level college and university officials and faculty. 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, including the new Dining and Performing Arts Center. 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. Lynne was a Consulting Principal for Programming for the recently completed School of Law renovation and addition at Boston University; and is currently working on the Charlton College of Business expansion at UMASS Dartmouth; and the renovation of an athletic complex at Harvard University. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University and her professional degree from the Boston Architectural Center.
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 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; Harrison Commons; the Waltham Watch Factory; and the Boston University School of Law renovation and addition. He is currently working on the Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center at Harvard University (in association with Hopkins Architects), and a study for the redevelopment of the Hurley Building and Lindemann Center in downtown Boston. Lawrence 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 (LEED Gold), and the adaptive reuse of the former Sears Roebuck warehouse in Boston, now known as Landmark Center. His practice focuses on project design and production, the supervision of team activities, and the coordination of consulting engineers. Bob specializes in student life projects, sustainable design, and historic preservation/ adaptive reuse. He recently completed the renovation and expansion of Seegers Union at Muhlenberg College; the planning and renovation of historic Alumni Hall at Vanderbilt University; the new Bolton Dining Commons at the University of Georgia; and the renovation of The Blue Wall, a major dining facility at the Lincoln Campus Center at U Mass Amherst; as well as a new luxury, multi-family residential project, The Viridian, at 1282 Boylston Street in Boston. Bob is currently working on the Harvard Club of Boston dining renovation, and the renovation of Brigham and Women's Hospital cafeteria. He received his Bachelor of Architecture from Carnegie Mellon University.
Jason Forney joined the firm in 2002 and became a Principal in 2014. He specializes in the transformative adaptive reuse of historically significant structures as well as the design of high-performing contemporary architecture. Jason led design teams for the reuse of the historic gymnasium at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study; the Lunder Arts Center at Lesley University, the Sol LeWitt Gallery at MASS MoCA, and the historic McKim Meade and White Powerhouse at Amherst College. He has worked on LEED Gold and Platinum projects on the campuses of Dartmouth College and Macalester College, and recently completed work on a new luxury, multi-family residential project, The Viridian, at 1282 Boylston Street in Boston. He is currently leading our design team on the R.W. Kern Center at Hampshire College (Living Building Challenge); Phase III of MASS MoCA; as well as the programming and design of a new facility for the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine. Jason holds Bachelor’s degrees in Architecture and Environmental Design from North Carolina State University.
Scott Aquilina provides project management and design leadership for new, revitalized and expanded buildings for academic and cultural institutions with a concentration in the performing arts. He provides leadership in sustainable design and delivers projects which successfully meet program needs and budget targets while achieving design of the very highest standard. Scott is currently working on a feasibility study for the City of Nashua, NH for a new Performing Arts facility; and the programming and design of a new facility for the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine. His projects have been recognized for design excellence from national and state chapters of the AIA and the Society for College and University Planning. Before joining Bruner/Cott, Scott was a Senior Associate at Ann Beha Architects where he led multi-disciplinary teams through planning, design and construction for a wide variety of clients, including the New England Conservatory of Music, Princeton University, Cornell Law School, Cambridge Public Library and the Currier Museum of Art. Scott holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree and a Master of Architecture Degree from Princeton University.