MASS MoCA Building 6 Wins AIA COTE Top Ten Award

We are beyond thrilled to share that MASS MoCA Building 6 is a winner of the 2024 AIA COTE® Top Ten Award!

The 2024 COTE® Top Ten program is in its 27th year and highlights projects that meet the AIA Committee on the Environment’s rigorous criteria for social, economic, and ecological value. MASS MoCA Building 6 is Bruner/Cott’s second COTE® Top Ten project, following the R.W. Kern Center at Hampshire College in 2017.

Winners of the 2024 COTE® Top Ten were celebrated at an awards gala on June 7, 2024 at the AIA National Convention in Washington, D.C.

MASS MoCA Building 6 supports MASS MoCA’s mission to connect with the local community, repositions 5 million kg worth of carbon in brick, wood and concrete, uses 76% less energy to operate than a conventional museum, heals a contaminated site, and is connected to its beautiful natural setting.

The design for MASS MoCA Building 6 deeply considers embodied carbon. It maximizes the conservation of materials in place, utilizes site-salvaged materials, and uses a limited palette of new materials. Key spaces in the museum are created by sculpting space out of the building. Materials removed in this process were carefully stockpiled and reused—an architectural cut-and-fill operation that reduced waste and avoided the need for any virgin brick, stone, structural wood, or finish wood.

Learn more about MASS MoCA Building 6 and its transformative, sustainable reuse on the AIA website, here. 

3 Projects Win Cambridge Preservation Awards

Last week, our team celebrated a hat-trick of awards from the Cambridge Historic Commission! 3 Bruner/Cott projects were recognized with 2024 Preservation Awards: the Weld Boathouse, the Blackstone Steam Plant, and the Holden Chapel – all at Harvard University.

The Weld Boathouse was constructed in 1907 and is a contributing property in the Charles River Basin Historic District, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Our worked focused on modernizing the boathouse, making it fully accessible and fully functional while restoring the historic exterior, from roof to ground. The restoration and rehabilitation demonstrate that this historic structure can handle the contemporary needs of an active water use for the next century.

The Blackstone Steam Plant, constructed in 1901 as part of the Cambridge Electric Light Company. Our team completed an exterior renovation to fortify the building’s exterior and protect its operation against the potential increase in frequency, severity, and duration of wind-driven rain and rising water levels. The restoration and rehabilitation demonstrate that design for climate change can work in concert with historic architecture.

At Holden Chapel, our team preserved the historic façades of the one of the oldest buildings in Harvard Yard, with primary focus on the 18th century wooden sculpture and original pediment cladding on the west elevation. The project evolved through paint analysis and disassembly to inform a deep, multi-phase restoration.

Congratulations to our clients and thank you to the CHC for recognizing our preservation work!

George Gard Wins 2024 AIA Young Architect Award

Congratulations to B/C Associate, George Gard, on being named a 2024 recipient of the AIA Young Architects Award!

This award recognizes individuals that have demonstrated exceptional leadership and made significant contributions to the profession of architecture early in their careers. George joins 29 other honorees in this year’s class of recipients and will be celebrated at the A’24 conference in Washington D.C. this June.

George is an architect who brings a future-oriented design approach to the transformation of existing buildings and urban places. He 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. At Bruner/Cott, George leads teams to develop tailored solutions to existing buildings across diverse program types to deliver meaningful, award-winning architecture.

Some of George’s most notable projects are the third phase of transformation at MASS MoCA, including Building 6 and the James Turrell Skyspace (C.A.V.U.), Frost Terrace, and the Living Village at Yale Divinity School, currently under construction.

Read the full AIA announcement here.

Congratulations, George!

3 Bruner/Cott Projects Win BSA Design Awards

We are so excited to share that 3 Bruner/Cott projects were recognized with BSA Design Awards!

  1. Frost Terrace (Cambridge, MA) received a Merit Award for Built Design Excellence in Adaptive Reuse, Renovation, & Preservation.
  2. Charles River Speedway (Brighton, MA) received a Social Impact Commendation for Built Design Excellence in Adaptive Reuse, Renovation, & Preservation.
  3. Rivermark (Cambridge, MA) received an Environmental Impact Commendation for Built Design Excellence in Housing.

Recognized projects were honored at the BSA Awards Gala, held at the Artists for Humanity EpiCenter on March 7, 2024. Members of the Bruner/Cott staff attended to celebrate the wins of the firm and our industry peers.

Descriptions and jury comments of all awarded projects can be found on the BSA Design Awards website.

Thank you, BSA, for recognizing our work and congratulations to all award recipients!

Jason Jewhurst Elevated to AIA College of Fellows

Congratulations to B/C Partner and Principal, Jason Jewhurst, on his elevation to the prestigious AIA College of Fellows!

AIA Fellowship is the institute’s highest individual honor, recognizing architects for their exceptional work and contributions to the profession and society. Only 3% of AIA members have this distinction!

Jason joined Bruner/Cott in 2004 and became a firm partner in 2016. He champions boundary-pushing sustainability across the firm’s projects and promotes a studio culture that weds design excellence and technical advancement.

Congratulations, Jason! We are thrilled celebrate this significant achievement at the AIA National Conference in Washington D.C. in June!

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!

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.