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. 

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!

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!