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Behind the Wall: Bob Simmons

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Principal Bob Simmons, AIA, says higher education is akin to urban planning, which makes it a nice work space to inhabit. “The client is the steward of the whole village, and is sensitive to how each building affects not only its village, but the world.”

This interest in a holistic approach to uncover the essence of design is something Bob gravitated toward early on, and continues to bring to the forefront in his work today. Having recently joined Shepley Bulfinch, he is focused on expanding projects within his niche – student life and dining – to produce a more comprehensive portfolio in the higher education sector.

To further welcome and introduce Bob, ...[more]

The New Edge for Town-and-Gown Relationships

Friday, 1 September 2017

Neighborhood Connections Seen As Recruiting Advantage
By: Joe Herzog, AIA, Principal

The traditional perimeter between an academic institution and its surrounding urban environment is no longer a defined line, but a blurred edge. As colleges shift from being introverted environments to becoming more integrated within their surrounding communities – urban, suburban or rural settings – the synergistic relationship between a college and its community can lead to healthy local economies and engaged communities.

For both to flourish – as opposed to merely survive – they must work together in a symbiotic way.

The development of housing, mixed-use, academic, entrepreneurial and research environments, both on and off campus, helps blur ...[more]

Michael Ford gives Boston architecture a new beat

Thursday, 17 August 2017

“Hip hop is modernism’s post-occupancy evaluation.” – Michael Ford, Hip Hop Architecture

We recently invited the city of Boston to step outside traditional architecture channels and explore the built environment through a different lens – hip hop. As a long-time supporter of the Boston Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects (BosNOMA) and the Boston Society of Architects (BSA), Shepley Bulfinch was more than inspired to sponsor a two-day lecture and workshop from renowned designer Michael Ford earlier this month.

Known as the Hip Hop Architect, Michael intends to disrupt the AEC world with a mission to increase the number of minorities in architecture and urban planning. To do so, he ...[more]

Third Annual Design Share centers on people

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Design_Share_PosterAs part of Shepley Bulfinch’s mission to drive design beyond perceived boundaries, we strive daily to engage, critique, challenge and support one another across practices and offices. This summer, we continued to push further by hosting our Third Annual Design Share. In addition to devoting time to connect internally on some of our recent projects, we invited experts from multiple disciplines outside the AEC industry to discuss their processes and practices. While presenters’ professions varied, as expected, common threads around design – more so, good design – clearly emerged.

Connecting through created experiences

“The running shoe is a beautiful thing because it’s ...[more]

From Coral Block Architecture to the Tallest Tower

Friday, 7 July 2017

2017 Howe Fellow Kate Hriczo is Set to Explore the UAE’s 50-Year Transformation

My childhood was spent roaming the globe, and I was affected early on by the human-built world… I have devoted my skills to the realization, through designs of enhancement of the natural environment, where buildings respond to their contextual conditions, and where they bring people together in social and intellectual contact in spaces that inspire and illuminate their activities. I have been fortunate to be asked to design buildings in all parts of our country and abroad, and continue to be fascinated by the opportunity to design within the requirements of different climates, cultures, histories and architectural heritage. ...[more]

Expanding the Innovation Ecosystem

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

BSA Committee Explores How Sharing Space and Resources Catalyzes Biotech Ventures

What is the relationship between space and innovation in the workplace? IT startups have been engaging in this conversation for years, leading to the creation of several successful co-working facilities. But what about other industries? Can the “incubator model” be re-imagined across entrepreneurial ventures to foster other successful innovative ecosystems?

BSA’s Committee for Research and Innovation Design overwhelmingly decided the answer is yes, at its inaugural meeting last week at LabCentral in Boston.

Committee Co-Chairs Luke Voiland, AIA, principal with Shepley Bulfinch, and Lynn Petermann, AIA, associate with Payette, partnered with first-of-its kind ...[more]


Bringing Students Back on Campus: Who Owns the Brand?

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

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Every university in the United States had both professional and independent apartment owners and managers scattered around their periphery for decades. Increasing enrollment was managed by the marketplace and universities focused on new buildings for academic, research, student life, recreation, and sports complexes. Frankly, it was easier to get a donor or a state legislature to approve an Interdisciplinary Science and Research Center than it was to fund a Residence Hall.

Despite this funding differential, student housing cannot be denied in its ability to effectively and positively impact student experience and success. It is the core of the branded ...[more]