Henry Moss, AIA LEED AP
Henry’s distinguished career in historic preservation and adaptive reuse is rooted in the freshness of design thinking at Bruner/Cott. The firm’s passion for rethinking existing buildings to make new kinds of places both stimulates and supports Henry’s award-winning work with projects such as MASS MoCA, the Watertown Arsenal, and the Hemingway Estate preservation near Havana, Cuba. Recipient of the 2015 Codman Award for Lifetime Achievement in Preservation from the Boston Preservation Alliance, Henry acknowledges that for him, the real award is appreciation of the places he helps to create from the people who live and work there.
Henry knew even as a kindergartener that he wanted to be an architect, tracing his passion for the field back to the day his six-year-old friend showed him the Dutch doors on her house (he liked horses). That seminal experience eventually led Henry to the Harvard Graduate School of Design and later to a traveling fellowship to Holland, where he discovered the concept of historical preservation that would include his long-held interest in twentieth-century modern movement architecture Today the scale and increasing complexity of projects that are environmentally conscious and visually compelling while preserving the past keep Henry endlessly engaged with the art and science of architecture.
Henry is a recognized spokesman on historic preservation. For over 25 years, he has led technical workshops for architects and contractors on historic building topics for the Boston Society of Architects. He is a founding member of the New England chapter of DOCOMOMO, the international committee for the documentation and conservation of buildings, sites, and neighborhoods of the modern movement, and is a regular contributor to Bruner/Cott’s “Icon or Eyesore?” blog for Metropolis.
Before joining Bruner/Cott, Henry spent 18 years practicing in England, where he specialized in historic preservation and public housing renovation. Today he extends his interest in material culture to include woodland gardening and wildflower meadows in the area of Thoreau’s paths near Walden Pond.