Adrienne Cali Wins 2021 AIA Young Architects Award

Congratulations to our very own Adrienne Cali who has been recognized by the The American Institute of Architects (AIA) as a recipient of the 2021 AIA Young Architects Award!

This honor was awarded to 20 individuals that have demonstrated exceptional leadership and made significant contributions to the architecture profession early in their careers.

“From the moment she walked in our door, I have admired both her unwavering commitment to the stewardship of historic resources and her passion for helping those buildings find their place in the modern world. Her dedication to the architectural profession, to our practice, and to the communities that her projects serve are exemplary. Adrienne is constantly pioneering historic preservation practices and finding new ways to restore old buildings. She is just as likely to use lasers and drones as she is bucket lifts and tape measures.” – Jason Forney, FAIA, Bruner/Cott Partner and Principal

“Already in her young career, Adrienne Cali Magners, AIA, has reinvigorated a number of significant historical buildings. Through her careful attention to detail, she has elevated the practice of historic perseveration, and her experience with adaptive reuse projects is informing new methods of restoration that allow buildings to straddle both the present and future. As adept with new methods and tools as she is traditional, her creativity and talent ensure that yesterday’s buildings shine even brighter today.” – AIA

Read the full announcement here.

Congratulations, Adrienne!

MASS MoCA Building 6 Wins BSA Interior Architecture Honor Award

MASS MoCA Building 6 is the winner of a 2020 BSA Honor Award for Interior Architecture!

Each year the Boston Society of Architects, often in collaboration with other organizations, sponsors awards programs to honor design excellence in Massachusetts, throughout New England, and beyond. We are thrilled that MASS MoCA Building 6 has been recognized by this year’s jury. 

[stblockquote title=”” top_left=”” author=”BSA Awards Jury”]This large-scale adaptive reuse project is restrained and responsible. It raises an important if difficult question for designers, especially in this moment of climate crisis: when and how should we do less? The light touch of the architect allows the structure’s history to speak and spotlights the art on display. Though the work might appear to be minimal, the technical challenges of reinvigorating a historic industrial building must not be underestimated. MASS MoCA Building 6 is a deliberate and admirable work, designed in service of its audiences and artwork.

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Building 6 was honored at the BSA’s virtual Awards Gala on January 21, 2021 at 6:00pm EST. Bruner/Cott Principal Jason Forney, FAIA, accepted the award on behalf of the project team.

Cambridge Historical Commission Honors Two Bruner/Cott Projects

Two Bruner/Cott projects have received Preservation Awards from the Cambridge Historical Commission – Harvard Hall and 120 Brookline Street!

The Cambridge Preservation Awards Program, inaugurated by the Historical Commission in 1997, celebrates outstanding projects and notable individuals who conserve and protect the city’s architecture and history. Awards are given each May for projects completed within the previous calendar year, as May is National Preservation Month. Due to COVID-19, the 2020 awards ceremony was postponed until October and held virtually. Both Harvard Hall and 120 Brookline Street were honored, and 120 Brookline Street won the Popular Vote for the evening.

Harvard Hall is a brick, granite, and brownstone classroom building situated at the edge of Harvard Yard and Harvard Square, designed in the High Georgian style by Governor Francis Bernard and built by Thomas Dawes between 1764-1766. Major preservation accomplishments of the exterior restoration project include reconstituting deteriorated brownstone profiles with new stone, reuse of original brownstone harvested from the building, reconstruction of the cupola’s belfry and execution of a thorough paint analysis and historic paint color selection. The building was returned to the 1870 time period with new stone at the addition and its period paint color reinstated at window trim, cornice trim and cupola cladding. The comprehensive, highly detailed restoration of Harvard Hall’s exterior contributes to Cambridge’s historic character by re-establishing the coherence of its masonry surfaces and profiles and color scheme from 1870 and masonry from 1766 as distinct from earlier and later buildings within Harvard Yard.

The project at 120 Brookline Street is a renovation of a 1920s-era factory building and an adjacent filling station and ice house that was last used as studio space for artists and musicians. The collection of buildings at the site had undergone many ad hoc and incremental transformations over their lifetimes, serving a range of light industrial, manufacturing, retail, and cultural occupancies. The renovation was designed with the goal of uniting the disparate built elements on the site, improving the experience of the building from the surrounding streets and parks, and updating the building to meet current city requirements for fire safety, accessibility, and resilience. The building was landmarked by the Cambridge Historical Commission during the course of the renovation, recognizing the cultural contributions to Cambridge history that were produced there over the decades.

Thank you to Charles Sullivan and the Cambridge Historical Commission for recognizing these transformative preservation projects!

 

Bruner/Cott Named An Emerging Professional Friendly Firm

Bruner/Cott has been recognized as an Emerging Professional Friendly Firm by AIA New England for the third consecutive year!

The AIA New England Emerging Professional Friendly Firm Program aims to identify firm initiatives that promote the advancement of Emerging Professionals through professional development and personal growth opportunities.

For the medium firm category, a score of 39 points was required to meet the Friendly Firm status. This year, Bruner/Cott scored a total of 52.5 points.

All Emerging Professional Friendly Firms were recognized during the virtual AIA New England Design Awards Celebration on September 25, 2020.

We are extremely proud to be recognized for our commitment to supporting and advancing emerging professionals in the New England region. Thank you, AIA New England, and congratulations to all firms recognized!

Preservation Mass Recognizes Two Bruner/Cott Projects

We are thrilled to share that Preservation Massachusetts has recognized two Bruner/Cott projects with 2020 Preservation Awards!

MASS MoCA Building 6 and Harvard Hall at Harvard University are both recipients of the 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.

“2020 Awards Recipients represent the strong foundations and supportive collaborations that bring new life to our historic buildings and landscapes, push boundaries, and create new aspirations for historic preservation in the Commonwealth.”

All winners will be recognized at a live, virtual celebration on October 22nd.

Thank you, Preservation Massachusetts, and congratulations to all 2020 Preservation Award winners!

Jason Forney Elevated to AIA College of Fellows

Bruner/Cott Principal and Partner Jason Forney has been elevated to the AIA College of Fellows!

As the AIA’s highest membership honor, the fellowship program recognizes individuals for their exceptional work and contributions to architecture and society. Those elevated to Fellowship represent a standard of professional excellence at the national level–only 3 percent of AIA members have this distinction.

His work demonstrates a commitment to securing a new future for the built environment through sustainable and regenerative design and the transformative reuse of existing structures. As a Bruner/Cott principal and partner, Jason has expanded the firm’s mission to include exemplary contemporary architecture whose ecological performance and emotional resonance are informed by lessons of the past.

Jason joined Bruner/Cott in 2002 and has played a major role in the design of many of Bruner/Cott’s notable projects, including the second and third phases of MASS MoCA, the Living-Certified R.W. Kern Center at Hampshire College, the Powerhouse at Amherst College, the Lunder Arts Center at Lesley University, and the Kofi Annan Institute for Global Citizenship at Macalester College.

He will be honored among his newly-elevated peers in May at a ceremony during the AIA Conference on Architecture 2020 in Los Angeles, CA.

Congratulations, Jason!

Lunder Arts Center Wins BSA Education Facilities Design Award

The Lunder Arts Center at Lesley University is a winner of a BSA Award for Education Facilities Design!

Award levels (honor, award, or citation) were revealed on January 23, 2020 at the annual BSA awards gala.

[stblockquote title=”” top_left=”” author=””]This project makes a bold move, returning a historic church to its original location. The project is made even more impressive by the contemporary addition, whose massing and scale are just right, a perfect complement to the church. Together, the old and the new create a successful space for arts education and exhibition. – Jury Comments[/stblockquote]

Thank you to the BSA and  members of the jury for recognizing the Lunder Arts Center. We are very proud of this achievement!

Smith Campus Center Receives BSA Education Facility Design Citation

The Richard A. & Susan F. Smith Campus Center was recognized at the BSA Awards Gala on January 23rd with a citation with Education Facilities Design.

[stblockquote title=”” top_left=”” author=””]This is what adaptive reuse should be. A great but difficult Sert building is transformed by warm, welcoming interior spaces and an inviting ground level that gives way to the street and gracefully receives visitors. The student center is a true hub for this urban university’s extended community and its visitors. – Jury Comments[/stblockquote]

Thank you to the Boston Society of Architects and members of the jury for recognizing this transformative higher education project!

Smith Campus Center Wins BSA Harleston Parker Medal

We are pleased to share that the Richard A. & Susan F. Smith Campus Center at Harvard University is the winner of the 2019 Harleston Parker Medal!

Established in 1921 in memory of Boston architect J. Harleston Parker, this highest honor awarded by the Boston Society of Architects/AIA recognizes “the most beautiful piece of architecture, building, monument, or structure within the City of Metropolitan Parks District limits of Boston.”

The award was revealed on Thursday, January 23rd at the annual BSA Awards Gala, held at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, a previous Harelston Parker Medal winner. A panel of 9 jurors examined and toured each finalist to make their selection.