Jason Forney Elected to BSA Board of Directors

Congratulations to Jason Forney, FAIA, for being elected to the 2024 BSA/AIA Board of Directors!

Jason joins five other design professionals who were elected to govern, set direction, ensure resources, and provide oversight to the BSA organization.

Jason has been a BSA member since 2002 and believes that design wields the power to inspire, address pressing global challenges, and drive positive change. He fully supports the BSA’s commitment to tackling issues of equity and sustainability within the built environment and is excited to use his time and expertise on the BSA Board to propel ongoing progress.

Read more about the 2024 BSA Board of Directors here. 

George Gard Named to BD+C ’40 under 40′

Congratulations to Associate George Gard, AIA, for being named to BD+C’s 2023 ’40 Under 40′!

This annual award recognizes 40 architects, engineers, contractors, and real estate developers based on career achievements, passion for the AEC profession, involvement with AEC industry organizations, and service to their communities.

George is an architect who brings a future-oriented design approach to the transformation of existing buildings and urban places—interests he has explored since his undergraduate and graduate work, and continues as an associate at Bruner/Cott Architects. George sees the evolution of reuse and transformation as vital to the future of the built environment and practice of architecture.

Through his work, George holistically considers the form, function, and impacts of architecture in a way that challenges categorical assumptions around design for buildings of all eras. George leads teams to develop tailored solutions to existing buildings across diverse program types to deliver meaningful, award-winning architecture.

George’s notable work at Bruner/Cott includes MASS MoCA’s Building 6 and James Turrell Skyspace, Frost Terrace, and the first phase of the Living Village at Yale Divinity School.

Read more about George on BD+C’s website. 

Bruner/Cott Named 2023 EP Friendly Firm by AIA New England

We are thrilled to share that, once again, Bruner/Cott Architects has been recognized by AIA New England as an Emerging Professional Friendly Firm!

This award program aims to identify firms and initiatives that promote the advancement of professional development and personal growth opportunities. Bruner/Cott was selected to receive this prestigious designation because it has displayed an outstanding commitment to the development of its Emerging Professional staff.

Thank you, AIA New England, for recognizing our firm!

Preservation MA Honors Huntington Theatre

We are thrilled to share that the renovation of Boston’s Huntington Theatre was among this year’s honorees and was recognized with the 2023 Robert H. Kuehn Preservation Award! This award recognizes projects that meld collaborative partnerships with creative and cutting-edge ideas for the rehabilitation and active reuse of historic buildings.

On October 11th, Preservation Massachusetts hosted their annual awards celebration, recognizing the best in preservation across the Commonwealth. In honor of the Massachusetts Historic Tax Credit Program’s 20th anniversary, this year’s event focused on celebrating the landmark legislation by dedicating the 2023 Awards to “Partners in Preservation.” The event took place at the Massachusetts State House and was followed by a cocktail reception at Carrie Nation.

Thank you, Preservation Massachusetts, for recognizing this significant project and for hosting such a spectacular awards celebration!

Living Village Begins Construction

Congratulations to Yale Divinity School on celebrating a significant milestone for the Living Village Project!

On October 11th, our project team joined Yale Divinity School staff, faculty, trustees, and more to signal the official start of construction for the Living Village project with a groundbreaking ceremony. Scheduled for completion in August 2025, the Living Village will be the largest Living Building Challenge (LBC) 4.0 certified residence on a university campus in U.S. history, and the first on an Ivy League campus.

We are thrilled to see this project move forward and eventually inspire those who experience it to deepen their connection with the natural environment.

Visit the project’s official website to learn more.

Two Projects Celebrate Ribbon-Cuttings and Openings

This fall, Bruner/Cott celebrated the official opening of two projects – the Rivermark Towers in Cambridge, Massachusetts and the Aliki Perroti & Seth Frank Lyceum at Amherst College.

On August 30th, our team traveled to Amherst, Massachusetts to celebrate the ribbon-cutting of the Aliki Perroti & Seth Frank Lyceum, a new, 20,000 sf academic facility to house the History Department and Center for Humanistic Inquiry (CHI) at Amherst College. The project combines the reuse of an unused, historic home with carbon-conscious new construction to create a new space on campus for learning, collaboration, and exploring the human condition. The celebration was attended by College President Michael Elliot, as well as significant faculty, staff, and trustees of Amherst College.

On October 4th, we joined our client, Homeowner’s Rehab, Inc., as well as NEI General Contracting, Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui, Esq. of Cambridge, Deputy Secretary Jennifer Maddox of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Livable Communities, Mark Teden of MassHousing, Rep. Mike Connolly, and Sen. Sal DiDomenico, to celebrate the opening of Rivermark Towers., a 490,000 sf apartment situated along the Charles River in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The project renovated and revitalized the affordable housing complex with a focus on energy efficiency, occupant health and wellness, equity, and community.

MIT Boathouse wins Cambridge Preservation Award

We are excited to share that the Cambridge Historic Commission has recognized the Richard J. Resch Boathouse at MIT with a 2023 Preservation Award!

Bruner/Cott partnered with boathouse experts Peterson Architects to revive the Richard J. Resch Boathouse at MIT. Situated along Memorial Drive, the building was originally constructed in 1965 and dedicated in 1966 as the Harold W. Pierce Boathouse. At the time, it was considered one of the most modern collegiate crew training and recreational rowing facilities for men, anywhere. Its most distinguishing feature was the inclusion of an indoor rowing tank that allowed MIT athletes to train year-round, despite the conditions of harsh New England winters.

Boston Preservation Alliance Recognizes Huntington Theatre

The restoration and renovation of Boston’s Huntington Avenue Theatre is the recipient of a 2023 Preservation Achievement Award from the Boston Preservation Alliance!

Completed in 2022, the project successfully renovated, modernized, and expanded the venue by restoring the original 1925 theatre, upgrading the theatre’s technical capabilities, and improving the patron experience. Now fully accessible, even for the performers and crew, the venue has new seating that provides better comfort to all users. Original woodwork, lighting, and details were carefully preserved. A new paint scheme in the auditorium fulfills original design intentions while leaving the audience’s focus on the stage itself; the dome of the theatre was painted gold, highlighting it as a prominent feature and brilliantly contrasting against the Narragansett Green and Dark Pewter colors of the walls. The team restored 45 light fixtures original to the building, including the chandelier above the stage and the vintage star fixtures throughout the theatre and lobby, The ballroom space on the second floor, which had been boarded up and used as a black box theatre, is now the Michael Maso Studio and a functional rehearsal space. This transformational preservation project repositions the Huntington Theatre as an artistic leader along the Avenue of the Arts.

Building 12 Receives Maine Preservation Honor Award

Building 12 of the Portland Foreside Development was recently recognized by Maine Preservation with a 2023 Honor Award!

The project transformed a three-story 1895 brick warehouse formerly belonging to the Portland Company and used for storing wooding casting patterns. The building was carefully dismantled and reconstructed on a new site and renovated to become Twelve, an acclaimed dining destination with offices and residences above.

Bruner/Cott Architects ensured the reconstructed exterior maintained its historic integrity while designing a new internal structure using steel and composite slabs, modern insulated walls and roofing system, and reproduction windows.

Meet our Co-Ops: Amy & Allison

We’re extremely lucky to have TWO talented co-ops joining us this semester from Northeastern University – Amy McAllister and Allison Leacu.

Allison is a fourth-year Architecture & Design Student from Northeastern University, concentrating in Graphic and Information Design. She’s currently working on an adaptive reuse project at Wesleyan University and on the Crocker Cow Barn for Mass Audubon in Princeton, MA. Allison is interested in taking an active role in mitigating the effects of climate change through design and was drawn to the sustainable focus that carries across Bruner/Cott’s work and the firm’s collaborative approach.