JRA-designed Barbershop Featured on Chronicle

Barber Walter’s Barbershop in Wellesley, MA (designed by Johnson Roberts Associates) was featured in a segment on the Chronicle TV show (WCVB, Channel 5) on Tuesday 10/13/20. See the clip here.

Groundbreaking at Concord Free Public Library

Construction has begun on Johnson Roberts Associates’ additions and renovations to the Concord Free Public Library (in Concord, MA). We are linking a historic house to the main library and creating a new Children’s Department, Children’s Reading Garden, Makerspace and administrative offices. The link will contain a Wi Fi Café, and renovations to the existing library

East Forest Park Library to be Featured in Library Journal

East Forest Park Library Children's Reading Room East Forest Park Library (Springfield, MA) — which was designed by Johnson Roberts Associates — will be featured in the Architectural issue of Library Journal magazine in November!

JRA Acknowledged for Reaching the First Goal of the AIA 2030 Commitment

Last year Johnson Roberts signed on to the AIA 2030 Commitment (which strives for all new buildings and major renovations to be carbon neutral by 2030). Now we have been acknowledged by the AIA for reaching the 2019 70% energy reduction goal for our projects (next year the goal will be 80%, and we plan

East Forest Park Library

Johnson Roberts Associates has created a beautiful new library in Springfield, MA. The East Forest Park Library is a an energy-efficient, green building with spaces that combine modern functionality, plenty of natural light and eye-catching design. The children’s room uses fanciful shapes and bright colors to make reading fun. There is even a mini recording

Phil is a Finalist

JRA Principal Phil O'Brien's futuristic, conceptual drawing "Pinnacle at White Hill" has been chosen as one of 100 Finalists for the 2020 One Drawing Challenge! It was recognized as one of the best examples of architectural storytelling among this year's amazing entries. Here's Phil's description of the piece: "'Pinnacle at White Hill' illustrates a self-contained,

We’ve Been Busy

During the ongoing pandemic we've been able to accomplish quite a bit. Here's some of our recent activity: Started our design work on the new Greenfield Public Library. Continued construction administration on the new Public Safety Building in Essex, MA. Started our design work on the rehabilitation of Cambridge City Hall. Started design work on

COVID-19 HVAC Protocols for Cambridge

In partnership with engineers from Garcia, Galuska & DeSousa, Johnson Roberts Associates recently developed HVAC protocols for the post COVID-19 opening of public buildings in Cambridge, and the opening of all Cambridge Public School buildings.


On July 31, 2020, Johnson Roberts Associates held an online Library:NEXT event (part of a series of meetings/presentations on the future of libraries). This virtual roundtable focused on Covid 19 response, with a guest presentation by Carlos DeSousa of Garcia Galuska DeSousa, Engineers. A variety of local librarians attended and everyone learned something new. We

Hadley Free Public Library

The Daily Hampshire Gazette recently published an article about our Hadley Free Public Library project — which is nearing completion.