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Big congratulations to our talented designer Bojana Cemazar for earning her certification as a Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC) from Phius! Passive Building design and construction represent the pinnacle of energy efficiency, comfort, durability, and quality. It surpasses stringent regulations like the Massachusetts Stretch Energy Code (Stretch Code). By integrating passive design strategies such as...
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A few weeks ago JRA Principal Jeff Davis and Associate Michael Bellefeuille attended a NESEA (Northeast Sustainable Energy Association) Pro Tour of Massachusetts’s first fully publicly funded, large scale, state-owned CLT (Cross-Laminated Timber) building, an urban infill project set at a prominent location on Main Street in downtown Brockton. Envisioned as a prototype for the...
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We had a great 2023. Here are a few of our accomplishments and notable events.
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We all had a great time at our annual Holiday Dinner Celebration at the famous Harvest restaurant in Harvard Square. The private Fireplace Room was beautiful and the meal was outstanding. After eating we had fun with a Yankee Swap to exchange gifts. JRA Leadership Team
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We’ve started having monthly Lunch+Movie sessions where we eat a catered meal together and watch an architecture-themed documentary. The first one we watched was on the multi-talented Finnish architect Alvar Aalto, and the most recent was about Philip Johnson (famous for The Glass House, and many other icons if modernity). This is a great way...
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Our Marketing Manager, Will, recently took a trip to Philadelphia. Here are some of the interesting buildings/designs he saw. It’s interesting for someone who lives in Boston to see the historic areas of Philadelphia, which are similar but have their own distinct styles. City Hall City Hall City Hall Macy’s (John Wanamaker Department Store) Macy’s...
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We are happy to welcome Ruth Wang aboard as a Senior Designer. She is very talented and will be a great addition to our team! Ruth is an architectural designer pursuing licensure. Her experience is in commercial core and shell, workplace and hospitality interiors, and medical planning. Her project work spans locations on the east...
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We recently took an architectural boat tour in the Boston Harbor and then had lunch at a French restaurant in Cambridge. Despite the gloomy weather it was a very fun day!
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Congratulations to Kristen Sexton and Katherine Arnold, the 2023 recipients of our Karla S. Johnson Memorial Scholarship! We wish both of these talented women the best in their college and professional careers and are happy we could help them achieve their goals. Kirsten Sexton is in her third year of the Master in Architecture degree...
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We recently visited the Powder Magazine at Magazine Beach in Cambridge, where we restored the interior in 2018. It’s nice to see this beautiful, historic space being used by Mass Audubon. Originally constructed in 1818, the Magazine is the oldest standing building in the Charles River Basin.  First built to store gunpowder for public and...
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We have been chosen to help the DCR with a sustainability improvement project on Georges Island. This important project is one step towards the statewide goal of achieving net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050. We’ve been committed to sustainable design since day one, and this project fits perfectly into our belief that green design...
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Here are some new shots of the recently-opened Greenfield Public Library. (Photos by Leigh Chodos, chodosinc.com)
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WWLP 22 News just released this video report about the Grand Opening of our new Greenfield Public Library. They point out that it was just announced that the project came in at $1,600,000 under budget!
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Last week we took a field trip to the Harvard Art Museums, and later had dinner on the roof deck of a nearby restaurant. We had a great time and the weather was perfect (which has been a rarity lately). Other museum visitors must have easily identified us as a group of architects and designers...
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On July 13th hundreds of excited members of the Greenfield, MA community showed up to celebrate the grand opening of the new Greenfield Public Library. Our sustainable design will save the city money and protect the environment. We are very proud of the completed project and hope it serves the community well for many years...
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This is a video of the beautiful library we designed in Springfield, MA. The East Forest Park Library is an energy-efficient, green building with spaces that combine modern functionality, abundant natural lightand eye-catching design.
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JRA founder and principal Stewart Roberts recently accompanied a group of North Carolina State University Architecture students on their Rome Immersion Program. The group toured ancient Roman Sites with archeologist and YouTube host Darius Aryia in the mornings and toured the Baroque work of Bernini and Borromini in the afternoons.
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Last Wednesday was a beautiful day to take the commuter boat from Boston to Hingham, MA to take some photographs of our renovation of the DCR’s historic Building 45 in the Hingham Shipyard.It is one of the last original buildings where ships were built during WWII.After the attack on Pearl Harbor:“In less than two years,...
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The newest Designer at Johnson Roberts Associates is Bobby McLaughlin. He graduated from University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree in 2021.  He also received a Certificate of Film Studies and a Minor in Art History while there. Before joining JRA, he worked in carpentry and construction alongside contractors in...
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Our principal and founder Stew Roberts’ new Net Zero house in Willis Point on the Maine coast is now featured in The Boston Globe. Here are some excerpts: “The project afforded Roberts the opportunity to revisit his architectural roots: In the1970s, before devoting his career to designing public libraries, the architect concentrated on passive solar...
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We are proud to congratulate our talented Designer Raj Pandey for graduating from Boston Architectural College with a Master of Landscape Architecture (M.L.A.) degree. This degree focuses on urban landscapes and ecological infrastructure. Here are the honors he received: Commendation: Master’s Thesis Excellence Edwin T. Steffian Centennial Award: Master’s Thesis Excellence (M.L.A.) ASLA (American Society...
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On Tuesday May 30th, our Principal J. Stewart Roberts, AIA, and Associate Natalie Eringros, MCPPO, were featured at the historic Cary Library in Lexington, MA. We will be performing extensive renovations to their Children’s Room (a project they’re calling “ChiRP” for “Children’s Room Project”) and Large Meeting Room. Stew and Natalie were there to share...
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As a continuation of our long commitment to sustainable design, we are happy to now be members of Built Environment Plus (BE+). They are a membership-based community advocating for green buildings at the state and local level. And they provide green building education, networking, advocacy, and leadership opportunities for the sustainable building practitioner community and...
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Since joining Johnson Roberts Associates in November 2019, Stephenie Harper, AIA, LEED AP, has been a consummate professional in all regards, and a valuable addition to our team. Her leadership on recent projects — including renovations to Cambridge City Hall, MA DCR Veterans Memorial Pool Bathhouse, and Residence Halls at UMass Lowell — has resulted in...
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Our Marketing Manager/Graphic Designer Will Ragano is featured in the latest SMPS Boston Member Spotlight. Beyond his marketing and design skills he is also an accomplished musician, photographer and video editor. SMPS = Society for Marketing Professional Services.
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