Aaron Bruckerhoff is a Principal at AW Architects and brings over 15 years of experience to designs of varying complexity, size, and program type. He has led teams for projects at several institutions including Brown University and the University of Minnesota-Duluth, and international projects such as the recently completed Ankara Office Tower (312 Vista). His experience also includes libraries, performing arts centers, student housing, adaptive re-use projects, and university master plans.
He believes that architecture should be contextual, responsive and engaging. It should evoke conversation, feeling, inspiration or all of the above. Thoughtful, measured design changes and enhances simple, daily routines. It triggers new actions and interactions. It promotes wellbeing. And that a commitment to design excellence means creating communities, attractions and treasures.
That an architect’s role in achieving this is to go beyond satisfying the basic needs of the client’s program and intent for use. Gaining a deeper understanding of each project and client enhances the functionality for users, reveals new interpretations, and creates reconsidered, reframed designs beyond the expectations of the status quo.
That architecture demands a highly collaborative process, reliant on input from the community, clients, occupants, builders, suppliers and fabricators. Listening, interpretation, collaboration, and communication should be at the center of every project. A building should be lasting, sustainable and community supported. A building’s design should endure.
Aaron has a B.F.A. and B.Arch. from the Rhode Island School of Design. He has been a visiting critic at the RISD Architecture and Interior Architecture Departments. A recipient of the 2016 Earl R. Flansburgh Young Architects Award from the Boston Society of Architects. He is a registered architect in the State of Massachusetts since 2006 and LEED Accredited Professional since 2004 with BD+C specialty since 2009.
Anmahian Winton Architects, Cambridge, MA, US, Principal
Austin Architects, Cambridge, MA, US, Architect
Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Providence, RI, US, BArch, Architecture
This award, named for Earl R. Flansburgh FAIA, a distinguished Boston architect and founder of Flansburgh Associates, who completed more than 200 diverse educational facilities projects during a career spanning more than 45 years, recognizes design excellence by an architect under 40. Flansburgh, the 1981 BSA president and 1999 BSA Award of Honor winner, generously supported emerging professionals and advocated for women architects. The firm he founded has been guided by the philosophy that a well-designed building improves the quality of our lives. This award is co-sponsored by the Flansburgh Family.