FAIA / Founding Principal
John Cetra co-founded CetraRuddy in 1987 on the principle that architecture should engage the urban fabric while enriching the human spirit. With a passion for innovative, inspiring designs and a commitment to real world solutions, Mr. Cetra has led the firm to international recognition.
Through his practice, John has experienced the interrelationship of architecture, urban design and planning. He has a sophisticated understanding of program, zoning, and complex problem solving which inform his approach on projects ranging from new construction to conversions of Landmark buildings. He is a recognized industry leader in tall building technology, historic buildings and analytic site development.
John holds a Master’s degree in Architecture and Urban Design from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the Spitzer School of Architecture of the City College of New York.
David Hacin, FAIA
Founding Principal & Creative Director
David Hacin, FAIA
David J. Hacin FAIA is the Founding Principal and Creative Director of Hacin + Associates, an inter-disciplinary architecture and design firm founded in Boston in 1993. Along with a 30+ person team dedicated to design excellence and client service, David has received extensive media coverage and over 80 regional, national, and international awards in recognition of the studio’s broad portfolio of architecture, interior design, graphics, and branding.
The son of an architect and born in Geneva, Switzerland, David received his Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Princeton University summa cum laude and his Masters of Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design with distinction. David has served on the Northeastern University School of Architecture Advisory Board and as a guest critic and lecturer at design schools across the country, including Northeastern, the Harvard GSD, MIT, the University of Virginia, the Boston Architectural College and others. David has participated on numerous design juries and panels, given a TedX talk, recorded multiple podcasts, guest edited the journal Architecture Boston, and most recently lectured and taught a graduate architectural design studio at Roger Williams University’s School of Architecture, Art, and Historic Preservation as part of H+A’s participation in the school’s Teaching Firm in Residence Program.
David is proud to have served for nearly twenty years as a Mayoral appointee to the Boston Civic Design Commission, the City of Boston’s design review panel for significant projects that impact the public realm. Additionally, David has been an active volunteer on behalf of a number of civic, professional and non-profit organizations, including the Boston Society of Architects, DIGMA (Design Industry Groups of Massachusetts), Historic Boston Inc., and the Boston Center for the Arts, where he served as the Board Chair during a pivotal time of the organization’s celebrated rejuvenation.
In 2010, David was named a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. With more than 35 years of professional experience, he has been personally recognized for his public service to the City of Boston and received numerous awards for his contributions to design. When not in the studio, David and his husband, Tim, can be found road-tripping around New England with their indomitable miniature schnauzer, Walter.
A knowledgeable and proficient project manager, Scott has over 15 years of professional and award-winning design experience. Highly skilled in the areas of adaptive reuse, new construction and moderate rehabilitation, he has a wide range of sector expertise including multifamily, senior living, and mixed-use. Passionate about the practice of architecture, he seeks to create evocative environments that inspire and enhance the ways in which people work, live, and play. A collaborative and motivated team player, Scott is an exceptional communicator with the ability to manage multiple projects while directing diverse project teams to exceed project goals and client expectations. His responsibilities include all phases from schematic design to planning, permitting, and construction administration.
Katie Horak is a Los Angeles-area native and Principal in ARG’s Los Angeles office. She has nearly twenty years’ experience in the field of historic resource management in both the public and private sectors. Katie is a recognized leader in the industry, bringing creative and innovative solutions to complex issues related to historic site documentation, preservation policy and approvals processes, heritage management and interpretation, and adaptive re-use.
Julia has been with Architectural Resources Group since 2013 and is the knowledge leader at the firm in the 3D digital documentation of historic structures and sites using laser scanning and photogrammetry technology. She is accomplished in the practice of Scan-to-BIM, taking 3D point clouds and developing the data into Building Information Models (BIM). As past co-chair of the Technical Committee on Documentation in the Association for Preservation Technology (APT), Julia is current in industry developments and leads discussions in the movement of utilizing documentation for historic preservation projects and creating record documents, such as drawings that meet the HABS standards.
Erik is a creative leader who became an architect to pursue his lifelong interests in both art and science. He leads the design process with a thoughtful approach to the creation of holistically conceived and innovative buildings that positively transform their context, enhance human experience, and create lasting value.
Erik views architecture as an art with the potential to make a profound impact on people’s lives through the creation of well-conceived buildings, cities, and environments. He strives to improve the built environment through a meaningful fusion of form and function in each project.
Erik’s clients enjoy his thoughtful creative approach and collaborative, engaging thought leadership. His work has received numerous awards for design quality.
Mary is an Architectural Historian and Preservation Planner in ARG’s Los Angeles office. She has extensive experience in writing historic contexts, landmark nominations, historic structures reports, and historic resource evaluations, and has managed and contributed to numerous historic resources surveys. Mary is also an archaeologist and has managed dozens of projects involving both prehistoric and historical resources. Her first (co-authored) book, The River and the Railroad: An Archaeological History of Reno, was published by the University of Nevada Press in 2011. Mary is on the faculty of the University of Southern California’s School of Architecture as an adjunct lecturer in the Heritage Conservation program, where she teaches a graduate-level Advanced Documentation course.
Brandon Massey AIA, LEED GA
Brandon Massey AIA, LEED GA
Brandon Massey, AIA, LEED GA, is a Senior Associate at FXCollaborative, a New York City-based architecture, interiors, and planning design firm. Working on a diverse range of project types, Brandon collaborates with design teams, consultants, and clients to craft projects from initial ideas to construction. In early project phases, he produces design packages and competition entries instrumental in helping institutions and developers see their projects’ full potential. Brandon holds a B.Arch from Rhode Island School of Design and serves as a mentor to high school students through the ACE Mentor Program.
Jais Kwon, LEED AP BD+C, CPHC
Associate, Sustainability Design Specialist
Jais Kwon, LEED AP BD+C, CPHC
Jais Kwon, LEED AP BD+C, CPHC, is an Associate at FXCollaborative, a New York City-based architecture, interiors, and planning design firm. As a Sustainability Design Specialist, Jais works with design teams to incorporate sustainable design elements and ideas into projects. Understanding the importance of environmentally conscious building, Jais joins the design team early in the design process to achieve a high standard of building performance. Using sophisticated environmental modeling and analysis tools, paired with new and innovative building techniques, she creates optimized design scenarios across scales and typologies. Jais holds a M.S. in Environmental Building Design from University of Pennsylvania and a B.Arch from Chung-Ang University in Korea. She is an active member of the AIANY Committee on the Environment and the Urban Green Council’s Emerging Professionals Committee.
Director of Energy & Sustainability
Christina McPike is the Director of Energy & Sustainability at WinnCompanies, a 50-year-old multifamily housing owner, developer, and manager. Since joining Winn’s Energy & Sustainability team in 2013, Christina has implemented over $30 million worth of energy efficiency upgrades across Winn’s portfolio. Under Christina’s leadership, WinnDevelopment successfully integrates high performance design in every project, from occupied moderate renovations to ground up new construction and deep energy retrofits. She has spoken at numerous conferences, including NEEP’s Electrification Symposium, NESEA BE Boston and BE NYC, NH&RA’s Annual Conference, Greenbuild, and Multifamily Exchange. She holds an MS from Northeastern University and a BA from Boston College.
Bill is a Senior Project Designer and Architect with 19 years of experience. His innovative design and successful projects across many market sectors include Commercial, Civic and Culture, Science and Technology, Higher Education, Convention Centers, and Mixed-Use. He is a passionate designer and consensus builder, who led teams on complex projects ranging from single building to multi-million square feet multi-building campuses. He has a keen awareness of the clients’ vision and needs and maintains successful client relationships for repeat business.
Editor in Chief
Aaron Seward is Editor-in-Chief of The Architect’s Newspaper. Seward is an award-winning editor whose career has centered on interpreting architecture for the profession and the general public. He was editor of Texas Architect magazine for six years and prior to that held several positions at AN, including executive editor. In addition to those publications, Seward’s writing on architecture, culture, and the built environment has appeared in Architect, Curbed, Domus, Metropolis, and other publications. He has a BA in Literature, Writing and the Arts from The New School for Social Research.