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Dana Kelly

Partner + Principal

Leading Bruner/Cott’s strategic planning, business development, marketing, public relations and communications team, Dana capitalizes on the firm’s expertise to create mutually beneficial partnerships. Navigating shifts in ever-evolving markets, she identifies new opportunities that generate long-term client value and foster ongoing alliances. By elevating the visibility of the practice, she benefits both the firm and its clients alike.

Originally trained as a landscape architect, Dana practiced nationally and internationally in the on residential, resort, and commercial sectors before shifting focus to architecture at Bruner/Cott. During her tenure, the firm has transitioned to a second generation of owner/leaders including herself, each of whom remains committed to designing transformational places for educational and cultural institutions, communities for living, and regenerative development.

Recent projects pursued under Dana’s leadership include:

R.W. Kern Center, Hampshire College

    • 2017 American Institute of Architects COTE Top Ten Award
    • 2018 Living Building Certification

Richard A. & Susan F. Smith Campus Center, Harvard University
*Executive Architect in partnership with Hopkins Architects, UK

    • 2019 Boston Society of Architects Harleston Parker Medal
    • 2019 Boston Society of Architects Education Facilities Design Award
    • 2019 Society for College & University Planning, Excellence in Architecture for Building Additions, Renovations, or Adaptive Reuse – Honorable Mention

The Swift Factory (Hartford, CT; recently completed)

Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine (Portland, ME; recently completed)

Huntington Avenue Theatre (Boston, MA; under construction)

Dana is an active member of multiple prominent industry organizations including the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Society for College and University Planning, Urban Land Institute, CoreNet New England Chapter, Boston Preservation Alliance, and Society for Marketing Professional Services. She regularly attends professional events and is frequently invited to speak on strategic and transitional planning, marketing, and communications.



Selected Publications:

ArchDaily, For Us, Every Project Is About Moving Forward: In Conversation with Jason Forney, Jason Jewhurst, and Dana Kelly of Bruner/Cott Architects

Cultured Magazine, Forward Thinking