Mon, 10/25/2021 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Jason Jewhurst, AIA, is a Partner at Bruner/Cott Architects. Inspired by architectural challenges that demand innovation and adaptable solutions, he thrives on leading design teams that explore possibilities and push current building standards to create sustainable, long-lived, contemporary buildings, and multi-disciplinary teams that collaborate to design and construct a collective vision. Jason’s passion for integrating design and the natural environment informs all of his work. A specialist in high-performance buildings, commercial development, and campus initiatives, he has led several transformative projects including the AIA COTE Top 10 Award/Living Building-Certified R.W. Kern Center at Hampshire College; and, as executive architect, the Richard A. & Susan F. Smith Campus Center at Harvard University, which transformed a 60s-era brutalist complex into a welcoming front door for the institution and community alike. Most recently, he was principal on the reimagining of the Swift Factory in Hartford, Connecticut, a diversity-focused job incubator for an underserved HUD Promise Zone.
Sara Draper, R.W. Kern Center director, and self-proclaimed “chief building ambassador,” works across campus and beyond to make the most of the educational potential of the RWKC. Through building tours, research partnerships, courses, community events, and outreach to other LBC projects, she showcases the RWKC as a model for positive environmental change. Sara previously worked as a sustainability strategist at Bruner/Cott, a Cambridge architectural firm, and was part of the R.W. Kern Center project team. She’s an active member of the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association, the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, and the New England Mountain Biking Association.