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. 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, 45 Province Street luxury residential high-rise. Mr. Bruner also directed the Boston Children's Museum Master Plan and the reuse study for the Wadsworth Atheneum Art Museum in Hartford. He is currently Principal-in-Charge of The Viridian, a luxury high-rise residential project at 1282 Boylston Street in Boston, and the Lunder Arts Center at Lesley University.
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 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.
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 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, Mr. Cott helped direct the effort to restore Ernest Hemingway's house in Havana, Cuba. He is currently the Principal-in-Charge of the School of Law renovation and addition at Boston University, and the Charlton College of Business expansion at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, MA; and is also working on addition the Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center at Harvard University (in association with Hopkins Architects).
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.
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 (LEED Gold), 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, Bolton Commons at the University of Georgia, the Blue Wall dining renovation at UMass Amherst (LEED Silver) and the renovation of Wells Commons at the University of Maine (LEED Silver). 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 in Boston, MA. 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. Mr. Cheng is currently a technical support Project Manager for the Boston University School of Law renovation and addition; and the Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center at Harvard University (in association with Hopkins Architects). 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 (LEED Gold), 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, and is currently working on a new luxury, multi-family residential project, The Viridian, at 1282 Boylston Street in Boston. Mr. Simmons specializes in dining and student life projects, sustainable design, and historic preservation/adaptive reuse. He recentlly completed the renovation and expansion of Seegers Union at Muhlenberg College; the planning and renovation of historic Alumni Hall at Vanderbilt University; as well as 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. Mr. Simmons 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. Mr. Forney 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 McKim Meade and White’s 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, designed to meet to the Living Building Challenge. Mr. Forney holds Bachelor’s degrees in Architecture and Environmental Design from North Carolina State University.
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 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.
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.
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 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. She is currently a Consulting Principal for Programming for the School of Law renovation and addition at Boston University; and Principal for the Charlton College of Business expansion at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, MA. Ms. Brooks earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University and her professional degree from the Boston Architectural Center.
Scott Aquilina recently joined the Bruner/Cott & Associates senior management team as a Principal. He provides project management and design leadership for new, revitalized and expanded buildings for academic and cultural institutions with a concentration in the performing arts. 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. He has provided leadership in sustainable design and has delivered projects which successfully meet program needs and budget targets while achieving design of the very highest standard. His projects have been recognized for design excellence from national and state chapters of the AIA and the Society for College and University Planning. Scott holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree and a Master of Architecture Degree from Princeton University.
Ms. Kelly is our Director of Business Development & 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. She holds a Master of Landscape Architecture from the College of Environmental Science & Forestry and a Bachelor of Arts from Hobart & William Smith College.
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 (LEED Gold); 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. He is currently working on the Living Building Challenge R.W. Kern Center at Hampshire College, and the renovation of 808 Memorial Drive in Cambridge, MA. 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.
Peter Ziegler joined our firm in 2004. He develops programming and design concepts, manages design and production teams, and coordinates consultant information. He has 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. He was the Project Manager for the new LEED Gold Certified Yawkey 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. Peter 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.
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, The Viridian at1282 Boylston Street. He was a Senior Project Manager for the Class of 1953 Commons dining hall renovation at Dartmouth College, and Parcel 6 at Channel Center in Boston's Innovation District. 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. Mr. Guditz is currently the Preservation/Technical Manager for the School of Law renovation and addition at Boston University; 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. He received a Bachelor of Architecture and a Bachelor of Science from RPI, and a Master of Arts in Preservation Studies from Boston University.
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 recently completed work on the programming, planning and interior design at the Yawkey Center for Student Services at Boston University (LEED Gold), and the renovation of the President’s House at MIT, and is now working on the School of Law renovation at Boston University; and the Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center at Harvard University (in association with Hopkins Architects). Ms. Morgan has been an instructor of architectural design and design computing for the Boston Architectural College for the past ten years. She received a BS in Architecture, magna cum laude, from Washington University, and a Master of Architecture degree from MIT.
Greg Russell leads projects from schematic design through construction. He is currently working as the Project Manager for the renovation of the historic Harvard Club in Boston. He recently completed work on the new Lunder Arts Center at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. He was a project manager for the Blackstone Station renovation at Harvard University (LEED Platinum), and the luxury high-rise residential building at 45 Province Strreet in Boston. He 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. 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 graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture, and received a Master of Architecture degree from MIT.