Simeon Bruner, RA
As founding principal, Simeon brings over 40 years of experience in architecture and construction to Bruner/Cott. Known for his creative design and expertise in adaptive reuse of historic buildings, Simeon is responsible for client interface and building design. Simeon is also directly involved throughout the construction process, drawing on his experience operating his own construction firm prior to founding Bruner/Cott.
Much of Simeon’s work features museums and art centers that are themselves works of art, including the multiple award winning Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA), the Piano Craft Guild housing for artists, and the Lunder Arts Center at Lesley University. He also directed the Boston Children’s Museum Master Plan and the reuse study for the Wadsworth Atheneum Art Museum in Hartford. He is currently working on Phase III of MASS MoCA’s Phase III development.
Simeon’s adaptive reuse projects come in all shapes and sizes, including the massive historic Landmark Center in Boston and the Promenade at the Foundry residential complex, one of the largest historic preservation projects in Rhode Island, which he is currently expanding. Other residential projects include 45 Province Street and the recently completed Viridian, both luxury high-rise residences in Boston.
Inspired by the power of creative placemaking to transform city spaces, in 1986 Simeon founded the Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence, a nonprofit award which celebrates outstanding urban architecture and innovative design solutions. He also founded the Bruner/Loeb Forum with the Loeb Fellowship at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Together these programs recognize design excellence and encourage national dialogue on some of the most important issues facing American cities today.