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JRA Designer Bojana Cemazar is now a Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC)

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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NESEA Tour of CLT Building

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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JRA 2023 Highlights

We had a great 2023. Here are a few of our accomplishments and notable events.
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2023 JRA Holiday Dinner

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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LUNCHES+MOVIES

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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Philadelphia

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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Ruth Wang, LEED AP: The Newest Member of the JRA Team

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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JRA Architectural Boat Tour & Lunch

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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2023 Karla S. Johnson Scholarship Recipients

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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Cambridge’s Historic Powder Magazine

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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Georges Island Energy Conservation Measures

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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Photos of New Greenfield Public Library

Here are some new shots of the recently-opened Greenfield Public Library. (Photos by Leigh Chodos, chodosinc.com)
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