Bulfinch Awards Morning Lecture

This year’s morning lecture by Matthew Bronski, P.E., April 29, 2017, at the Algonquin Club in Boston, will be titled "In the Footsteps of Vitruvius; Design and Construction Durability Lessons Learned from the Hands-on Study of Two Thousand Years of Historic Construction." Construction that is highly durable over the very long-term (e.g., centuries) is inherently sustainable. Despite major emphasis on sustainability over the past decade, we are in the midst of a widespread crisis of building durability failures.  This lecture derives from Bronski’s 2009-10 Rome Prize project, where his hands-on research of buildings in Italy spanning over 2,000 years diagnosed successes and failures in the durability attributable to design and detailing, to derive lessons and principles for designing buildings more durably (and hence more sustainably) today.  

Matthew Bronski, P.E., is a Principal and the national practice leader for Preservation Technology at Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc. (SGH), where he has practiced for the past 21 years.  Matthew has led SGH’s exterior rehabilitation design and/or assessment projects on many highly significant historic buildings, including over 10 National Historic Landmarks, and he also has served as a key investigator of building envelope and durability failures in new and recent construction.  He has published over a dozen technical papers and articles on building facade and envelope issues, and has served as a guest lecturer or critic in historic preservation or architecture courses at numerous universities, including Harvard, MIT, and Yale.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Tulane, and master’s degrees in both architecture and historic preservation from Penn.  In 2009, he became only the second engineer in 113 years to receive the prestigious Rome Prize.

Date: April 29, 2017
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: The Algonquin Club of Boston, 217 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02116
Tickets for both the Morning and Keynote lectures are: $40 for non-members, $30 for members and $20 for students

Bulfinch Awards Keynote Lecture

This year’s Keynote Lecture, "Modern Principles of Classical Architecture Disproved by the Renaissance," will be delivered April 29, 2017, at 1:00 pm at the Algonquin Club in Boston, by Duncan G. Stroik, a 2016 ICAA Ross Award winner, a practicing architect, an author, and Professor of Architecture at the University of Notre Dame. His award-winning work includes Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Chapel in California, the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Wisconsin, and Saint Joseph Cathedral in South Dakota.

A frequent lecturer on sacred architecture and the classical tradition, Stroik has recently written The Church Building as a Sacred Place: Beauty, Transcendence and the Eternal. Mr. Stroik is an inaugural member of the Society for Catholic Liturgy and founding editor of Sacred Architecture Journal. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia and the Yale University School of Architecture.


Date: April 29, 2017
Time: 1 p.m.
Location: The Algonquin Club of Boston, 217 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02116
Tickets for both the Morning and Keynote lectures are: $40 for non-members, $30 for members and $20 for students

Seventh Bulfinch Awards Gala

Bulfinch Awards Ceremony/Gala. The winners of the Bulfinch Awards will be recognized at a ceremonial reception and dinner gala in the Harvard Hall at the Harvard Club of Boston, designed by Parker, Thomas & Rice.

Date: April 29, 2017
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Harvard Club of Boston, 374 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02115
Tickets: $200 for members and $250 for non-members


Recent Events

Thursday, April 6, 2017

The Continued Relevance of Classicism in Contemporary Design: A Roundtable Discussion

To celebrate Boston Design Week, the New England Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA-NE) partnered with the Boston Design Center (BDC) to host a panel that discussed the continued relevance of Classicism from the perspectives of Architecture, Interior Design, Urban Planning and Cognitive Science, where recent findings support the idea that people thrive in environments based upon classical design principles. Moderated by Eric Daum, the panelists were Oliver Bouchier, Ann Sussman, John Tittmann and Leslie-jon Vickory.


Thursday, February 23, 2017

Lecture with Ann Sussman
Buildings, Biology +The 21st Century Paradigm Shift: How Biometrics will Change Understanding of the Architectural Experience

A lively group gathered at the College Club of Boston to hear Ann Sussman review new findings in biology and neuroscience that outline what our brain expects to see, including how it's hard-wired to avoid looking at blank facades, most quickly processes bilaterally symmetric things - and is preset to look for faces or face-like objects without any conscious input on our part. The lecture reviewed some biometric tools that can help us better understand our architectural experience. Ann explained that we’re now able - finally - to collect the hard data on how buildings make people feel.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Classical Newport: Exploring the 18th Century Landmarks of Newport Rhode Island 

A memorable walking tour of Historic Hill and Point districts, led by NE Chapter board member and Architectural Historian John Tschirch explored the landmark public buildings, houses and streetscapes of Newport, one of the most historically intact 18th century cities in America.


Saturday, September 24, 2016

Olmsted’s Muddy River Restored: Re-linking the Emerald Necklace

On a lovely early autumn day, attendees gathered on The Fens for a tour of the recently completed restoration of the Muddy River. The tour was guided by Margaret Dyson, Director of Historic Parks at the Boston Parks & Recreation Department.


Saturday, August 13, 2016

Tour of New Haven and the Yale Center for British Art

This full-day tour, led by Aaron Helfand and David Lewis, focused on the architecture and urban design of downtown New Haven and Yale University.  The tour began on the New Haven Green, with a discussion of the city's original nine-square plan and the growth of Yale's campus in relation to the city, followed by a visit to several landmark buildings and a trip to the Yale Center for British Art.


Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Board Member Cocktail Party at Marvin Showroom, 7 Tide Street Boston, MA


ICAA New England Chapter members enjoyed a fun night in an amazing space at 7Tide – with no shortage of good conversation and inspiration. 


Saturday, June 18, 2016

Rejuvenating a Colonial Era Landmark: Christ Church Cambridge

Saturday, April 23, 2016

6th Bulfinch Awards Ceremony Gala

Saturday, April 23, 2016

6th Bulfinch Awards Keynote Lecture by Justin Shubow

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Royal Oak Boston Lecture- The Grand(er) Tour: Architectural Imagination Beyond the Classical World
Abraham Thomas, Architectural Historian

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

William Hodgins Interiors: Lecture and Book-signing by Author Stephen M. Salny

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Historic Berkshire County: A guided expedition to 'The Mount' and 'Naumkeag'

Friday, March 27, 2015

Americans in Paris: Talk and Book-signing by Co-author Margot M. Ellis- Americans in Paris: Foundations of America’s Architectural Gilded Age, Architecture Students at the École des Beaux-Arts 1846-1946

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Cognitive Architecture: An Evening with Author Ann Sussman

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Landscape Architecture & Architecture of Wellesley College

Saturday, September 13, 2014

A Guided Tour of Architecturally Significant Homes of Salem, MA