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Samuel M. Lasky, FAIA, LEED AP, is a Principal at William Rawn Associates, Architects, Inc. Since joining the firm in 1998, Mr. Lasky’s work has focused on complex institutional projects and their relationship to the public realm, including the U.S. Courthouse in Cedar Rapids, IA, the new Taussig Cancer Center for the Cleveland Clinic, and Temple Beth Elohim in Wellesley, MA. Mr. Lasky’s higher education work includes a mixed-use performance venue and residence hall for the Berklee College of Music, Tata Hall at Harvard Business School, and the College of Computer and Information Science at Northeastern University. He is currently leading the design of the King Open/Cambridge Street Upper School and Community Complex in Cambridge, MA, the firm’s, and the City’s, first Net Zero Emissions project

Projects under Mr. Lasky’s leadership have won 9 national level AIA awards, including 3 AIA Honor Awards. He has taught design studios at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design on multiple occasions and was the recipient of the AIA Young Architects Award in 2008. Mr. Lasky is a graduate of Yale University and Harvard University Graduate School of Design.


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Clifford V. Gayley, FAIA, LEED AP, is a Principal of William Rawn Associates, Architects, Inc., of Boston.

Since joining the firm in 1989, Mr. Gayley has contributed to a number of the firm’s best known projects, including the 1,200-seat Seiji Ozawa Hall for the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood. Mr. Gayley has led many of the firm’s large-scale urban projects, including a Master Plan plus 6 buildings (totaling 840,000 s.f.) for Northeastern University, the new W Boston Hotel and Residences, and the new Main Public Libraries in Cambridge, MA and Rochester, NY. Mr. Gayley’s performing arts experience with William Rawn Associates ranges from the Music Center at Strathmore and the Recital Hall at Bowdoin College to current work at the Caplin Theatre at the University of Virginia and the Performing Arts and Humanities Building at University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Mr. Gayley has been involved in projects receiving six of the firm’s ten Honor Awards from the National American Institute of Architects. He is a graduate of Haverford College and the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.


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Douglas C. Johnston, FAIA, LEED AP, is a Principal of William Rawn Associates, Architects, Inc. of Boston. After completing undergraduate architectural studies at Washington University in St. Louis and graduate studies at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, he joined the practice in 1986. Mr. Johnston balances his time between active leadership of major institutional and private clients with a broader responsibility for management of the practice.

Mr. Johnston has led award winning Urban Design and Masterplanning projects, including a Cultural District for Rochester, NY and campus plans for Northeastern University, Tufts University, and Amherst College. His campus and university experience at Dartmouth College, Grinnell College, Yale University, Bates College, and Milton Academy is complemented by early work in affordable housing in the Charlestown Navy Yard and recent leadership of the Carneros Inn in Napa, CA, winner of a 2007 AIA Honor Award in Regional and Urban Design. Mr. Johnston has been a guest juror and critic for numerous awards programs and studios including the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association and the MIT School of Architecture.


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William L. Rawn III, FAIA, LEED AP, is the founding Principal of William Rawn Associates, Architects, Inc., of Boston, which has developed a national reputation for the design of a range of major public buildings, cultural facilities, and college and university projects.

William Rawn is a graduate of Yale College, Harvard Law School, and the MIT School of Architecture. Rawn has been a GSA Peer since 1998, and served on the MIT Visiting Committee for the Department of Architecture from June 1996 until June 2006. He has also served on the Harvard Graduate School of Design Visiting Committee since 2006, and the Boston Civic Design Commission since 1994. Before becoming an architect, Rawn was an attorney at a large Washington D.C. law firm and served as Assistant Chancellor at the University of Massachusetts Boston campus.

Charlestown Navy Yard
Building 104
Charlestown, MA

Existing Building: Early 20th-century Ship-fitting building

Building 104, a turn-of-the-century shipfitting building, was transformed into 46 units of elderly affordable housing. This waterfront building plays an important civic role in defining the edges of both the main street in the Navy Yard (First Street) and an urban park. Structural upgrades were completed and new mechanical and life safety systems were installed. Two new floor plates were added within the existing, tall interior volume, all ADA compliant. Exterior renovation work included the complete repair and restoration of historic brickwork and the reconstruction of the building envelope (glazing, walls and roof) to meet energy code. Three interior courtyards were incorporated into the existing footprint to increase perimeter and create outdoor gathering spaces, and to bring natural light into the housing units. (Renovation: 47,000 s.f.)
Photography: © Steve Rosenthal
Phillips Exeter Academy
Forrestal Bowld Music Building
Exeter, NH

Existing Building: 1959 Music Building

A contemporary design within a historic Georgian campus, the building is situated in a prominent location on the campus’s main quadrangle that is defined by the historic Phillips Church and Louis Kahn’s famed Exeter Library. Large windows connect the Main Quad to the building’s large interior courtyard space, practice rooms and main orchestra space, encouraging a sense of community for students. (22,000 s.f.)
1996 Honor Award for Design Excellence, Boston Society of Architects
Photography: © Steve Rosenthal
Milton Academy
and Classroom Building
Milton, MA

Existing Building: Wigglesworth Hall (1901); Warren Hall (1880)

The Schwarz Student Center, a transparent glass-enclosed and open-plan layout of student and campus commons spaces, is inserted between two existing traditional brick classroom buildings. A combination of renovation and reconstruction, this new “Campus Crossroads” unites the two existing buildings into one structure while preserving the legibility of the two historic buildings. New mechanical and life safety systems were installed. Finegold Alexander + Associates is the Executive Architect. (Renovation: 62,000 s.f.; Addition: 20,000 s.f.)

2006 Citation for Design, Boston Society of Architects
Photography: © Robert Benson
Williams College
’62 Center for Theatre
and Dance
Williamstown, MA

Existing Building: Adams Memorial Theatre (1941)

The ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance at Williams College included the transformation of the existing proscenium theater into a new state-of-the-art 210-seat “thrust” type theater, as well as a new façade. (Renovation: 20,000 s.f.; Addition: 106,000 s.f.)

2008 National Honor Award for Interior Architecture, AIA; 2008 Honor Award, SCUP/AIA-CAE; 2007 Prague Quadrennial: Selected for Full Exhibition; 2006 Honor Award, New England Chapter, AIA; 2006 Honor Award for Interior Design Excellence, Boston Society of Architects (BSA); 2006 Merit Award in Architecture, USITT; 2005 Higher Ed. Facilities Design Award, BSA
Photography: © Robert Benson
Bowdoin College
Studzinski Recital Hall
Brunswick, ME

Existing Building: 1928 McKim, Mead & White Swimming Pool

Transforming the Curtis Pool brings new life to this long dormant campus landmark, and perhaps more significantly, it preserves Bowdoin’s extraordinary collection of McKim, Mead and White Buildings (over a dozen buildings). The decision to reuse the existing structure rather than constructing a new building on the periphery of campus provides a prominent central location for the Recital Hall, appropriate to its role in uniting Bowdoin’s campus community. (Renovation: 20,000 s.f.)
Photography: © Robert Benson
Tufts University
Packard Hall Renovation
Medford / Somerville, MA

Existing Building: 1856 Campus Building

William Rawn Associates is restoring this mid-nineteenth century building (the campus’s second oldest building). The project will involve 10,800 g.s.f. of interior renovations, to provide office space for the School of Arts and Sciences. All architectural finishes were replaced and new mechanical, electrical, and life safety systems will be installed. The project includes the restoration of the existing masonry façade and the construction of a new addition supporting elevator and a new means of egress from the building. (Renovation: 10,800 s.f.; Addition: 1,600 s.f.)
Photography: © William Rawn Associates