Harvard Smith Center a Finalist for American-Architects Building of the Year

In 2019, American-Architecture featured 43 buildings throughout the United States in their “Building of the Week” review. Now, polls are open to decide which project will be named Building of the Year.

Among the 43 finalists is the Richard A. & Susan F. Smith Campus Center at Harvard University!

To cast your vote for the project you think should be named Building of the Year, visit this page and click on the “vote” button on your favorite project.

Voting closes January 31, 2020 and the winner will be announced on February 3, 2020. Only one vote per email address is possible.

About the Smith Center:
The new Smith Campus Center is a radical reappraisal of the existing ten-story building on the site of the Holyoke Center designed by Josep Lluis Sert in the 1950s. It is part of an ongoing university “Common Spaces” initiative designed to ensure its physical spaces foster the campus’s intellectual, cultural, and social experience and support the wider community.

The project reconfigures the first, second, and tenth floors, reinterpreting the history and logic of Sert’s architecture in a series of additions to, and removals from, the existing fabric to create a family of new internal spaces interspersed with a captured internal and external landscape.

MASS MoCA Wins AIA Interior Architecture Award

MASS MoCA Building 6 is a recipient of the 2020 AIA Interior Architecture Award!

This award, given by the American Institute of Architects, celebrates the most innovative and spectacular interior spaces. We are thrilled that this transformative reuse project was recognized by the jury.

Gathering space at museum prow

 

MASS MoCA’s Building 6 is a new museum made from found buildings where the spectacular interiors of existing mill structures become a three-dimensional underpainting for new, impactful contemporary art galleries. Read more about the project here.

 

[stblockquote title=”” top_left=”” author=””]What an incredible project! Born out of the tradition of the Tate Modern Museum in London, this bare-bones remodel leaves most of the existing finishes in place to consciously evoke the industrial history of the building and emphasizes the reliance of art on industrial sites for their scale and economy. – Jury comment[/stblockquote]

View the official AIA award announcement here.

Vote for the Harleston Parker People’s Choice Award

The Richard A. & Susan F. Smith Campus Center is a finalist for the Harleston Parker People’s Choice Award!

Each year, the BSA selects one building to receive the Harleston Parker Medal, recognizing it as “the single most beautiful building or other structure” built in the metropolitan Boston area. All Harleston Parker Medal finalists are also finalists for The People’s Choice Award. The People’s Choice is determined by online voting and encourages voters to think about what they value and think of as “beautiful” in architecture.

Anyone may vote in this poll, open now through January 23, 2020 at 12pm. The winner of both the People’s Choice Award and the Harleston Parker Medal will be announced at the BSA Awards Gala on January 23, 2020.

Cast your vote here!

 

Bruner/Cott Ranked in 2019 ARCHITECT 50

The numbers are in and the 11th annual ARCHITECT 50 rankings have been announced.

Bruner/Cott is excited to share we have again been ranked one of the top 50 architecture firms by ARCHITECT!

Scores were calculated within three categories to create an overall ranking; business, sustainability, and design. Out of this year’s 183 submissions, Bruner/Cott was named #17 overall, ranking #8 in sustainability, #18 in business, and #81 in design. The firm’s composite score was 88.8 out of 100 possible points.

We are thrilled to be recognized as leaders in sustainable design and to be in such great company among the other ranking firms!

Previous Years’ Rankings:

2019

  • Top 50 Overall: #17
  • Business: #18
  • Sustainability: #8
  • Design: #81

2018

  • Top 50 Overall: #36
  • Business: #112
  • Sustainability: #8
  • Design: #71

2017

  • Top 50 Overall: #14
  • Business: #48
  • Sustainability: #20
  • Design: #38

2016

  • Sustainability: #38

2015

  • Top 50 Overall: #46
  • Sustainability: #39

To view the complete list of this year’s ARCHITECT  50, click here.

To learn more about the ARCHITECT methodology for computing this year’s ranking, click here.

To view Bruner/Cott’s firm page on the ARCHITECT 50 rankings, click here.

For a deeper dive into this year’s data, click here.

 

Harvard Smith Center is Harleston Parker Medal Finalist

We are thrilled to share the Richard A. & Susan F. Smith Campus Center is a finalist for the Harleston Parker Medal!

This annual award seeks to recognize “the single most beautiful building or other structure” built in the metropolitan Boston area in the past 10 years. A panel of eight jurors, led by Paul Pettigrew, AIA, narrowed down nominations to six finalists, including the Smith Campus Center at Harvard.

The winner of the 2019 Harleston Parker Medal will be announced at the BSA Design Awards Gala, held on Thursday, January 23, 2020, in the Morris Auditorium at the 1981 Harleston Parker Medal-winning Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.

Read more about the Smith Campus Center here.

View the other Harleston Parker Medal finalists here.

Bruner/Cott Earns Two BSA Design Awards

We are proud to announce that two of our projects received BSA Design awards!

The Richard A. & Susan F. Smith Campus Center at Harvard University (in association with Hopkins Architects) and the Lunder Arts Center at Lesley University were awarded Education Facilities Design Awards. We look forward to celebrating this achievement at the BSA awards gala in January 2020!

 

Richard A. & Susan F. Smith Campus Center, Harvard University
in association with Hopkins Architects

 

Lunder Arts Center, Lesley University

 

Bruner/Cott Named Emerging Professional Friendly Firm by AIA New England

For the second year in a row, Bruner/Cott has been named an Emerging Professional Friendly firm by AIA New England!

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.  Of the responding firms, the category average was 44.89 points.  This year, Bruner/Cott earned a total of 55.25 points!

Congratulations to all firms recognized and thank you AIA New England!

Harvard Smith Campus Center Wins AJ Retrofit Award

We are thrilled to announce the Richard A. & Susan F. Smith Campus Center at Harvard University has been named a winner in the Architects’ Journal 2019 Retrofit Awards in the International Category!

The annual AJ Retrofit Awards program is one of the most highly regarded in UK architecture and celebrates the design, engineering and construction excellence that prolongs and improves the life of our built world.

The Richard A. & Susan F. Smith Campus Center was completed in September 2018 by UK-based Hopkins Architects (Design Architect) and Bruner/Cott Architects (Executive Architect).

View the full list of winners here.

Cambridge Historical Commission Honors Harvard Smith Campus Center

Congratulations to Harvard University for being selected to receive an award from the Cambridge Historical Commission for the restoration of the Richard A. & Susan F. Smith Campus Center!

The Cambridge Preservation Awards Program honors property owners who conserve and protect the city’s architecture.

This award will be presented at a ceremony and reception on May 16th which will showcase the project in a formal presentation.

Thank you, Cambridge Historical Commission and the City of Cambridge!

 

You can learn more about the Smith Campus Center here.