History & Awards

JRA History Timeline

1987
JRA Principals Meet

JRA PrincipalsThe principals of Johnson Roberts Associates — J. Stewart Roberts, Jeffrey Davis and Philip O’Brien — meet each other while working at the Boston architectural firm Tappé Associates (where Stewart was an associate).

1996
JRA is Founded

J. Stewart Roberts forms J. Stewart Roberts Associates to create thoughtful designs in close collaboration with public, private, and institutional clients.

1997
Philip O’Brien joins JRA

Mr. O’Brien focuses on public work, with a particular expertise in library and municipal facilities design and brings a passion for effective design, the collaborative thought process and sensitive, achievable solutions, to his projects.

1998
Karla S. Johnson joins JRA

Karla S. Johnson, AIA, joins Johnson Roberts Associates with fourteen years of experience as a designer, project manager and Senior Associate at Leers Weinzapfel Associates.

Karla passed away and in her memory we have established the Karla S. Johnson Memorial Scholarship to help disadvantaged, underrepresented, minority or LGBTQ+ women.

2014
Jeffrey R. Davis joins Johnson Roberts Associates

After twenty-five years of leadership roles at Tappé Associates in Boston and WBRC A/E in Maine— eventually becoming Tappé’s President and CEO — Jeffrey R. Davis reunited with Stew and Phil at Johnson Roberts Associates. The majority of Jeff’s efforts have been in the collaboration with MA municipal and institutional client communities in the re-programming, rehabilitation, and revitalization of their aging building stock.. The majority of Jeff’s efforts have been in the collaboration with MA municipal and institutional client communities in the re-programming, rehabilitation, and revitalization of their aging building stock.

Awards & Accomplishments

Johnson Roberts Associates has not been focused on winning awards, but here are some of our accomplishments.

AIA 2030

In 2019 Johnson Roberts joined the AIA 2030 Commitment (which strives for all new buildings and major renovations to be carbon neutral by 2030). In 2020 we were able to reach the initial goal of 70% energy reduction for our projects. Only 15% of firms that signed on to the program were able to achieve this level of energy reduction for 2019.

2008 Golden Trowel Award

For our design of the Moses Greeley Parker Memorial Library in Dracut, MA.

Merit Award – AGC Build New England Awards Program 2011

For our design of the Concord Fowler Branch Library in Concord, MA.

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Library Journal Magazine

Our design for East Forest Park Library appeared in the November 2020 Architectural issue of Library Journal Magazine.

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Tufts University Interfaith Center

Society of College and University Planners Design Award

Faith and Form Design Award

Boston Society of Architects Small Firms/Small Projects Program Design Award

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Silver Medal for Design – Fire Chief Magazine

For our design of the Centerville-Osterville-Martsons Mills Fire Rescue Station #3.

LEED Certification

Erving Public Library

Hopkinton Public Library

Mashpee Public Library

Pearle L. Crawford Memorial Library
(Dudley, MA – The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners has given this project a Green Library Incentive Grant)

Design Citation AIA New England Region

For our design of this energy-efficient JRA residence.

2003 Massachusetts Historical Commission Preservation Award

For our renovations and additions to the historic Ayer Town Hall.