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!

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.

New Staff Licensures

Congratulations to Bruner/Cott employees LeeAnn Suen and Karno Widjaja!

Both LeeAnn and Karno are officially recognized as licensed Architects by the Board of Registration of Architects within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

LeeAnn joined Bruner/Cott as a designer in April 2017, working on the recently-completed Smith Campus Center at Harvard University, and the renovation of a massive 60s-era apartment complex at 808 Memorial Drive in Cambridge.

Karno joined the firm in June 2017, also as a designer. He has since worked on a variety of housing projects including Frost Terrace, an affordable housing for families in Cambridge, and Gove Street, which transforms a former church into loft-style apartments in East Boston.

We are extremely proud of Karno and LeeAnn and expect great things as their careers progress!

As If By Magic

Featured in the July edition of ArchitectureBoston, As If By Magic by Mason Sanders depicts summer as a wizard who waves his wand and conjures the vernacular of summertime. This piece was written for the ‘Pop’ theme at the BSA Space, inspired by the structures that come to life in the summer.

Read the full article on Architecture Boston’s website, here.


MASS MoCA Turns 20!

Happy 20th Birthday, MASS MoCA!

Bruner/Cott has been working on the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art since its inception. Housed in a vast 17-acre industrial complex built in the late 1800s for the Arnold Print Works company, the museum was completed in three phases, initially opening to international acclaim in 1999 with 125,000 square feet. Today, the museum comprises 280,000 square feet of galleries, performing arts venues, video/multimedia spaces, and commercial rental units.

MASS MoCA has become ingrained in our firm’s history and has served as a model for other adaptive reuse projects. In a recent interview with ArchDaily, Bruner/Cott Principals Jason Forney, Jason Jewhurst, and Dana Kelly offer insider perspectives on the genesis of MASS MoCA.

Over the last thirty years, it has become a testing ground for our practice—in developing ways of weaving old and new together in a more dynamic way than it is typically done. Our co-founder, Simeon Bruner, and one of our principals, Henry Moss, began working with MASS MoCA in the 1980s. Their initial ideas evolved and became intrinsic to the next generation in our firm. Often, historical architecture is preserved as is or taken down to start building from scratch. Our goal is to keep the right amount of old and add the new so that the result is appropriate, sensitive, and coherent.

— Jason Forney, AIA, LEED AP, Principal

Read more, here.




5 Green Building Trends for 2019

The Kendeda Fund asked 30 leaders in green building one question: What notable trends do you see emerging in commercial green building in 2019?

Among those asked was Bruner/Cott Principal Jason Jewhurst, who frequently speaks about the importance of sustainability in the built environment, biophilic design, and equity.

Read the full article here. 

The Kendeda Fund is an Atlanta, GA-based nonprofit dedicated to exploring how human beings can build a more just and equitable world, one in which we use resources wisely and relate to one another more mindfully.

Kern Center Competing for Building of the Year

Hampshire College’s R.W. Kern Center is up for world-architects’ Building of the Year for 2018! 

Over the course of 2018, world-architects featured over 40 ‘Building of the Week’ project reviews, highlighting a rich mix of architecture projects throughout the United States. Now, world-architects is asking its readers to help crown a ‘Building of the Year’ by voting throughout the month of January for their favorite project.

The Kern Center was featured in April of 2018, after receiving its official Living Building certification, and is competing for the title of Building of the Year.

You can help the Kern Center by visiting the official voting page and casting a vote! Only one vote is accepted per email address, so once you’ve voted be sure to spread the word!


Voting ends on Tuesday, January 31st, 2019. The winner will be announced on February 4, 2019.

Jason Forney on AIA Awards Jury

Principal Jason Forney, AIA, LEED AP, will be a juror for the 2019 AIA Education Facility Design Awards!

This awards program “provides an opportunity to engage in critical evaluation and experimentation, not as an end in itself, but in the context of our clients and their needs” and is sponsored by the Committee on Architecture for Education, an AIA Knowledge Community.

Joining Jason on the jury are:

  • Michael A. Nieminen, FAIA (2019 CAE Chair), Kliment Halsband Architects, New York
  • Meriyati Johari Blackwell, AIA, ASID, LEED AP BD+C, Marlon Blackwell Architects, Alaska
  • Kim Tanzer, FAIA, Florida
  • JoAnn Hindmarsh Wilcox, AIA, LEED AP, Mahlum Architects, Washington

Learn more about the AIA Education Facility Design awards here.

ARCHITECT 360 Project Review: R.W. Kern Center

The R.W. Kern Center at Hampshire College is redefining the concept of “green campus.”

In their latest 360 feature, ARCHITECT (in partnership with Think Wood) took a look at how the Kern Center is fulfilling its commitment to sustainability, the Living Building Challenge, and to the Hampshire College community.

The piece is comprised of a variety of interactive elements including videos, plans, diagrams, and more. Interviews include Bruner/Cott Principal Jason Forney, Construction Manager and Hampshire College alumnus Jonathan Wright, The Kern Center’s Director of Education & Outreach Sara Draper, and more.

See for yourself, here: https://www.architectmagazine.com/design/hampshire-college-kern-center-redefines-the-green-campus