Banker & Tradesman Awards Luncheon

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On July 17th, Banker & Tradesmen held their annual Women In Finance, Insurance, and Real Estate Award Luncheon, and Amy Korte was among the honorees. The award recognizes Massachusetts women who demonstrate talent, ambition, innovation, and philanthropy. B&T, along with a distinguished panel of judges, selected inspirational women who have achieved excellence and are making a difference. Learn more about Amy’s merit in our last blog post and view photos from the event here.

Photography Contest Winners

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Over the past few months, Arrowstreet has been holding an in-house photography contest, and our finale party was last Friday night. Initiated by Principal Sean Selby, the contest was another way to encourage everyone to explore our new neighborhood, allow the entire staff an outlet for their creativity, and throw in a little friendly competition for some prizes.

Banker & Tradesman Recognizes Amy Korté

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Arrowstreet principal Amy Korté was chosen by Banker & Tradesman as a recipient of their Women In Finance, Insurance, and Real Estate award. The honor recognizes Massachusetts women who demonstrate talent, ambition, innovation, and philanthropy. B&T, along with a distinguished panel of judges, selected inspirational women who have achieved excellence and are making a difference. The recipients will be honored at a luncheon on Thursday, July 17th at 11:00 am at the Sheraton Commander Hotel. State Auditor Suzanne M. Bump will give the keynote speech.

Arrowstreet Mini-Golf

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This past Wednesday night saw the return of mini-golf to Arrowstreet, with friends and family joining us to play a round of 9-holes around our new office space while enjoying drinks and Chinese food. Our staff volunteers signed-up solo or as teams to design one of the eight possible “holes” designated on our office map, with the 9th hole being played on a Wii in our Voodoo Lounge. Each team had a $15 construction budget, and as in their day-to-day work, creative, green design was encouraged. Competition was fierce as each team was eager to take the bragging rights that go along with the coveted title of Best Hole.

Community Strategies for Sustainable Development

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As a participant on the BSA’s Committee for the Advancement of Sustainability, I wanted to share some information about a free forum on June 19th. The committee promotes a sustainable agenda beyond the immediate focus of architectural practice, and engages other organizations in a dialogue that promotes sustainable principles. This year our task has been to organize a forum which will focus on empowering municipalities across Massachusetts to develop sustainable strategies for buildings, infrastructure, and planning…

See Us at ABX

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Three members of the Arrowstreet team – Matt Rice, Pat Cornelison, and Larry Spang – will be speaking at ABX (Architecture Boston Expo) sessions taking place in October. Information is provided in the post; official registration will open at a later date…

SCTLive Webinar

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I am speaking on the topic of sustainability for a webinar hosted on May 7 from 2-3pm by the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and Shopping Centers Today magazine. This is part of a new series of short retail events, called SCT Live, to be held in targeted regions throughout the country…

CitySprouts DigIt! 2014

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Last night, Arrowstreet sponsored CitySprouts annual Dig It! event on March 13 at the Liberty Hotel from 6-8:30pm. The event celebrated garden-based learning and raised funds for the organization’s program in Boston and Cambridge public schools.

Making Spaces Work …Overtime

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On Thursday April 10th, 2014, I will be joining a panel at the Making Spaces Work …Overtime concurrent session at the Urban Land Institute’s Spring Meeting in Vancouver, Canada. The session will take place from 2:45pm – 4:00pm…

President Obama Visits AFH

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AFH's 9th Annual "Greatest Party on Earth" Event Flyer
AFH's 9th Annual "Greatest Party on Earth" Event Flyer

President Barack Obama was at the Arrowstreet-designed Artists for Humanity EpiCenter last night. It’s exciting to see the building and the program continue to attract attention not only from the local community, but also among significant players on the national and international stage…

Topping Off 450 Kendall Street

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Notwithstanding this week’s winter storms, steel erection has topped off at 450 Kendall Street in Cambridge today (formerly referred to as Parcel G).  Biomed Realty is the Owner, John Moriaty & Associates (JMA) is the Builder, and Arrowstreet the architect for this jewel-like building in the heart of Kendall Sq…

Arrowstreet Appoints New Associates

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Left to Right: Jonathan Garland, Kate Bubriski, Greg Triplett
Left to Right: Jonathan Garland, Kate Bubriski, Greg Triplett

Arrowstreet is pleased to announce the promotion of Kate Bubriski, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Jonathan Garland, LEED AP BD+C, and Greg Triplett to Associate. As vital members of the Arrowstreet team, all are commended for their contributions to the firm.

Visiting India, Part 3 of 3

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Srinagar, though only a 90-minute flight from sweltering Delhi, was a place apart. Surrounded by tall mountains and dominated by a beautiful lake, it was forty degrees cooler. We sat by a warm fire in our host’s home the evening I arrived. It seemed more like New England than India…

Visiting India, Part 2 of 3

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One of the initial and lasting impressions of urban India involved the mixed-modes of transportation one encounters on the roadways. In general, the typical three-lane road seemed to function in reality with five lanes flowing smoothly amid a cacophony of horns that signaled the intentions of drivers more effectively than blinking directionals…

Visiting India, Part 1 of 3

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Arrowstreet sent me to India earlier this year to rekindle ties with a colleague. Saurabh Bagley & Associates (SMBA) is a firm in New Delhi doing a significant volume of work. Mr. Bagley had worked at Arrowstreet during his time as a graduate student at MIT. After his return to India, Arrowstreet teamed up with SMBA on a few commercial projects, but we hadn’t had a chance to work together in a few years. So, I went to meet with Saurabh and see his firm’s work, prospective clients and a country about which I knew little. The impressions I was left with were, in general…

Best of 2013 Awards

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I recently attended the Banker & Tradesman ceremony honoring their Best of 2013 awards recipients. Arrowstreet was voted Gold this year in an open poll among B&T’s readers in the Architect / Design category. It was a nice evening, with a great venue – Sean, Amy, and I enjoyed views across the Charles River to downtown Boston.

ULI UrbanPlan Volunteering

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Courtesy of ULI Boston
Courtesy of ULI Boston

As an architect, I enjoy bringing my passion for good design to both the office and to the community. I feel that having connections with the larger community strengthens my ability to connect with the people who interact with our buildings every day. Many of the projects I work on are schools, so I particularly enjoy working with students and helping them understand the challenges of the built environment they live in. To expand my interaction with students I recently joined ULI (the Urban Land Institute) and became a volunteer in their UrbanPlan program. Since I have joined the

Green Cooperation: Speaking on the
Boston SCT Panel

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Image courtesy of http://www.icsc.org/sct-live/
Image courtesy of http://www.icsc.org/sct-live/

ICSC and Shopping Centers Today magazine are starting a new series of short retail conferences, called SCT Live, to be held in targeted regions throughout the country. They just announced the programs, which start this month. I will be one of the panelists on the program in Boston in November on the topic of how retailers and shopping center owners can partner to create more sustainable facilities, entitled “Green Cooperation.” For more information, see below or go to the website: www.icsc.org/sctlive

BAC Graduation

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On May 24th David Burn and I graduated from the Boston Architectural College as part of a 148 student graduating class. We proudly participated in a BAC tradition walking in full regalia from 320 Newbury Street (the main BAC building) to the commencement ceremony at Old South Church in Copley Square, accompanied by a Dixie land band. It must have been quite a sight, judging from the looks on bystanders’ faces! The commencement ceremony itself was a great celebration. There was a pleasantly personal feel and focus on the students by the president of the school, Ted Landsmark, and an interesting commencement address from Architect of the Capital, Stephen Ayers…

BAC Graduates

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This spring, Arrowstreet is the home of not one but two new graduates of the Boston Architectural College (BAC). Both David Burn and Matt Byrnes-Jacobsen completed their long and winding journey through the BAC, and for some reason they are both now incredibly relaxed and carefree…

Rebuilding Together

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I recently participated in a volunteer event organized by Rebuilding Together Boston. Rebuilding Together’s mission is to provide critical repairs and renovations for low-income homeowners across the United States. The organization gathered about 300 volunteers to participate in building rehabilitation projects throughout the city. The site I visited was a Dorchester home owned by a 63-year-old single woman who suffers from various health challenges. About 20 volunteers had gathered, ranging from skilled workers to those who had never lifted a hammer. It was a gratifying experience to put in the little I knew, guided by experts, for the good of

Fenway High School
Senior Science Fair

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Last December, Matt Rice and I spent a morning helping out as judges for the Fenway High School Senior Science Fair. It was a fun venture out of the office, a way to get involved with the community, and a great way to get to know some of the students, since Arrowstreet is currently designing a renovation and addition to their school. The science fair was held at the Museum of Science with several dozen seniors presenting their experiments. We were given a rubric and an overview of the grading, then were sent off to inquire about students’ work. While there are too many great examples to list, I specifically remember one student who studied the effect of hair coloring products on the strength of hair; a study which has some potential to be quite useful in applications outside of the classroom. I’m excited to see what next year’s seniors come up with.

Four Season Commuting

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With the onset of spring, many people focus their attention on spending more time outdoors. A popular choice is cycling, particularly here in New England which has a strong history of mountain biking and road riding. I’d like to share some advice about combining a few passions many of us share – as my son says, “saving the world”, exercise, and something we all need to do: commuting to work…

The Greatest Party on Earth

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Our client, Artists for Humanity, throws an amazing fundraiser every year in their headquarters facility, the EpiCenter, which Arrowstreet designed. In addition to being for a great cause, the spectacular event exhibits the work of a talent group of artists – from the paintings, to the break dancer,s to the decor, to the trapeze artists, to the food. These photos should give you a glimpse of what it’s like – hope to see you there next year.

State of the Industry: Brick and Mortar vs. Internet Retail

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[Part 4 of a series of posts from ICSC's RetailGreen conference. Posted in response to The Wall Street Journal's article "Malls Get Face-Lift to Pull In Shoppers", which stated that "the era of new-mall development in the U.S. is drawing to a close."]

Brad Hutensky, ICSC Chairman, gave an interesting talk about the state of the retail industry, and he debunked a common refrain of the last five years, that the internet is killing bricks and mortar stores. His evidence was compelling. First, in 2012, retailers have opened over 5,000 stores, not a small number. And for good reason, as customers still value the human experience and the instant gratification of a cash purchase. Moreover, twelve of the top 20 online sellers in sales revenue have physical stores, among them Apple and one of Arrowstreet’s clients, LL Bean…