Sustainable design has been a hallmark of Boston-based architect Richard Bertman’s work since the 1960s. As a founding principal of CBT Architects, and himself LEED certified, “green ideas” begin right in Bertman’s office: His firm has formed a special committee to track sustainable design worldwide, instituted an annual “Green Day” and has even designed glass cups so the office could discontinue using plastic ones. (The handles all broke on their first batch, but they’ve since perfected the design.)
Bertman’s work has been widely published in architectural publications over the past four decades. He is currently writing his first book, The Single Family Home and the Art of its Design, which follows his thought process from conception to completion of a Berkshires home.
When he’s not designing houses, Bertman creates radical, 3D mechanical sculptures that have been shown in museums throughout the country.
Lee Bierly and Christopher Drake
Design duo Lee Bierly and Christopher Drake, who are being inducted into the New England Design Hall of Fame as a team, have been sharing their creative genius with the New England design community for more than thirty years.
Bierly-Drake Associates, formed in 1980, has produced numerous residential projects across the country, from Boston and New York to San Francisco and Honolulu, all the way south to Palm Beach. They have completed additional projects abroad in Indonesia; Japan and Canada. The majority of their work, however, has been concentrated here in New England.
Their work has been published in Architectural Digest (both domestic and international), House Beautiful, Traditional Home, House & Garden, Veranda, Interior Design, Trends and New England Home as well as in numerous books and other publications.
Dramatic lighting, soft textures, modern furniture and neutral colors—with a few surprises—are just some of the design elements characterizing the luxurious interiors created by Celeste Cooper.
Based in Boston and New York, Cooper has been serving professionally in the design trade for more than thirty years. Her work has been published in House Beautiful, New York Magazine, Interiors, Metropolitan Home, Interior Design, House & Garden, Architectural Digest, Boston magazine and The New York Times. Her interiors can also be found in numerous books such as Hip Hotels and Small Spaces.
Locally, her work can be found at the Residences at InterContinental, 221 Columbus Avenue and the Pope Building, all luxury condominium buildings in Boston, as well as public spaces including Boston’s Mistral, Sorrelina and L'Espalier restaurants and the boutique hotel, XV Beacon.
Rather than being categorized into a single signature “look,” architect Jeremiah Eck eschews clichés to create timeless designs individual to each project. He has been designing houses for more than thirty years and is the senior partner of Eck | MacNeely Architects and a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.
His work has been featured in more than 300 books, magazines and newspapers—from Metropolitan Home to This Old House and Home to The Boston Globe—and has authored two books of his own, The Distinctive Home: A Vision of Timeless Design and The Face of Home: A New Way to Look at the Outside of Your House (The Taunton Press, 2003, 2006).
Eck is also an accomplished landscape painter, and his work has been exhibited in galleries and shows throughout New England.
A native Bostonian and icon in the design industry for more than forty years, interior designer Richard FitzGerald has designed projects spanning the east coast from Vermont to Florida and abroad, though the majority of his output has been located here in New England. Representative residential work includes apartments at the Ritz Millennium towers, the Carlton House, Le Jardin, Heritage on the Garden and One Charles Street South. Out-of-town projects have included residences in the Wellesley-Weston area, Osterville, New Hampshire, New York, London and Spain.
FitzGerald’s work has appeared in House & Garden, House Beautiful, The Boston Globe and Cape Cod Life, among other publications. FitzGerald also spent a number of years as the decorating editor at House Beautiful and the east coast/European editor for Architectural Digest.
Graham Gund began his career working for Walter Gropius at The Architects Collaborative. He founded the firm that bears his name, Gund Partnership, in 1971, and his work has received wide critical acclaim and professional recognition.
Gund has practiced in New England for more than thirty years, garnering more than 100 awards for design excellence. He has been widely published, including feature placements in Architectural Digest, Home, Architectural Record, Architecture and Time magazines.
His residential work has been featured on the television series, This Old House, and in several notable books on residential design. A new volume on Gund's work will be published by Images Publishing in Australia in December 2007.
Gund is currently working with the Citizens Schools initiative to mentor Boston middle school students on the importance of design in the public realm.
Interior designer William Hodgins has been intimately involved in his profession since graduating from New York’s Parson School of Design in 1954. He then worked for five years in the renowned office of Parrish-Hadley Associates and eventually established his own business in Boston.
Hodgins has received multiple awards for his work, including the Interior Design Hall of Fame, Architectural Digest’s “Top 100” designers and a Designer of Distinction award from ASID. His work has been widely published, including Architectural Digest, House Beautiful, House and Garden and The New York Times.
Although he is currently at work on projects as diverse as a Federal farmhouse in Virginia (“300 acres and lots of black cows,” he jokes) and a home in Sun Valley, Idaho, at least two-thirds of his work is done here in New England.
James Volney Righter
James Volney Righter is the senior partner of Albert, Righter & Tittmann Architects and has been designing inventive, irreverent, thoughtful, practical houses in New England for some thirty-six years. The literally dozens of houses he has built across the Northeast are not distinguishable by any common style. Instead, each represents an artful, very individual response to its site, context and owners’ wants and needs.
Righter’s work has appeared in more than twenty books along with national publications such as House & Garden, House Beautiful, Architectural Digest, Metropolitan Home, Traditional Home, The New York Times, and The Boston Globe.
At the core of Righter’s work is the idea of “simple materials, artfully treated”—taking the same care with ordinary objects that others lavish on fancier materials.
“Contemporary but classic” best describes the style and philosophy of Boston-based interior designer Charles Spada. Through the years he has created a look that has been much imitated and that has helped focus attention on New England design.
Spada established his own company, Charles Spada Interiors, in 1980. His work has appeared in Elle Decor, House Beautiful, Traditional Home and Veranda magazines, as well as in New England Home, Boston magazine, Interior Design magazine, The Robb Report and Florida Design. Other Spada-designed projects have been featured in The New York Times, The Boston Globe and the Boston Herald.
He has several times been voted one of House Beautiful magazine’s “101 Favorite Designers” as well as creator of one of their “Ten Most Beautiful Showhouse Rooms.”