Firm


Who We Are

Johnson Roberts Associates values thoughtful designs and close collaboration with public, private, and institutional clients. We pride ourselves on our ability to listen carefully to client’s needs and respond with design solutions that will serve well for years to come.

The three Principals at Johnson Roberts Associates collaborated together for many years prior to Johnson Roberts Associates and have a shared goal of fostering a collegial and collaborative work environment. All projects receive Principal attention.

We value working with communities: academic communities, religious communities, neighborhoods, towns, and cities. Our collaborative design approach enables us to build consensus among a diverse group of stakeholders for designs that must meet the needs of all members of the community.

What We Do

Design for Communities

Libraries. Churches. College Campus Facilities. Schools. Courthouses. Town Halls. Senior Centers.

…How do you design buildings with purpose and beauty, sustainability and suitability for the people who will use them?

Johnson Roberts Associates is a full-service architecture firm that believes that great architecture is about more than harmony of form and function. About more than thoughtful design and close collaboration with clients – though both are crucial.

We believe great architecture is about a relationship with communities – seniors and children, parents and students, librarians and readers, policemen and politicians. They make a building what it is. Not us.

Since 1996, Johnson Roberts Associates has earned a reputation for architecture that reinforces the sense of place of the community it serves. We strive to create buildings that are appropriate to the context surrounding them and the people who use them.

Our diverse portfolio includes public libraries, town offices, public safety facilities, court facilities, public and private schools, college and university facilities, churches, and historic preservation and restoration projects.

Give us a call. We’d love to tell you more about what makes us tick. In the meantime, you’ll get a pretty good idea here. From the Concord Free Public Library to the COMM Fire Rescue Station, Tufts University Interfaith Center and yes, even birdhouses — we design architecture for the people who use it.

Modeling & Visualization

Johnson Roberts Associates uses 3D computer modeling to explore design options throughout the development of the design. Early in the process we develop exterior massing models to help visualize the proposed design on the site. As the design develops we create design models of the interior of the building to visualize the spaces within the building and to evaluate lines of sight from staff positions.

Johnson Roberts Associates understand the power of computer modeling to communicate the design intent and are enthusiastic about producing virtual reality presentations our clients.

South Hadley Library, LEED Silver Certified

Sustainability

Johnson Roberts Associates has a long history of sustainable design practices and is committed to the design of environmentally responsible buildings. In the 1970s, Stewart Roberts, Principal, participated in the design of many photovoltaic, active and passive solar designs. Today, half of our architectural staff are LEED Professionals and the firm has five completed projects that have received LEED Silver certification.

Additionally, Johnson Roberts Associates has signed on to the AIA 2030 Commitment. Through energy-efficient design, the AIA 2030 Commitment strives for all new buildings and major renovations to be carbon neutral by 2030. This approach results in buildings that are better for the environment and more comfortable and healthier for the people who use them.