Boston's Seaport and Moakley Courthouse at 25

THU, OCT 6, 2016 (1:17:31)

The John J. Moakley federal courthouse celebrated the 25th anniversary of its site selection on Boston’s Fan Pier with a special film screening and exhibition by architectural photographer Peter Vanderwarker. A panel discussion about the development of the South Boston Seaport district featuring Bill Rawn FAIA, Jean Carroon FAIA, Former BRA chief planner Kairos Shen, and Renée Loth, editor of Architecture Boston, follows the short film.

Photo: Danielle Walquist Lynch from Boston (Another view of the Channel) [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

+ BIO: Peter Vanderwarker

Peter Vanderwarker is an internationally-regarded architectural and editorial photographer. His work appears regularly in Architectural Record and Architectural Digest magazines, among others. His photography work is found in the collections of the Boston Athenaeum, the MIT Museum, and the Boston University Art Gallery.

He is also the author /co-author and photographer of several books, and is a columnist for the Boston Sunday Globe's Cityscapes.

Mr. Vanderwarker holds a bachelor's degree in Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley. He was a Loeb Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Design from 1996-1997.

+ BIO: William L. Rawn III

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.

+ BIO: Jean Carroon

Jean leads Goody Clancy’s preservation practice, focusing on the opportunities inherent in the stewardship and creative reuse of existing buildings to create a healthy resilient world. She leads a team dedicated to helping clients and the public connect historic legacies to current realities and future possibilities. Her approach combines a mastery of history and building technology with a commitment to transforming places – redefining their relevance, utility, and flexibility while sustaining and enhancing essential beauty and value. Jean has been responsible for the restoration or adaptive reuse of a dozen National Historic Landmark buildings. Her book “Sustainable Preservation: Greening Existing Buildings” was published by Wiley in 2010.

She is a frequent speaker, teacher and advocate for creative building reuse and preservation. In 2014, the U. S. Green Building Council named her a LEED Fellow, reflecting her achievements as a LEED professional as well as her contributions to the green building community. Jean’s work and strong advocacy for creative preservation has been recognized through numerous awards, including the Clem Labine Award from Traditional Building, the Distinguished Artist Award from the St. Botolph Club Foundation, and the Paul E. Tsongas Profiles in Preservation Award from Preservation Massachusetts. She has served as Chair of the National AIA Historic Resources Advisory Group.

Jean’s current work includes reuse of historic buildings at the historic St Elizabeth’s campus in Washington DC for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and for the State of Vermont offices in Waterbury, and ongoing work at Trinity Church in the City of Boston.

+ BIO: Kairos Shen

As the director of planning for the Boston Redevelopment Authority, Boston's agency for economic development and planning, Kairos Shen was intimately involved with several high-profile projects, including the planning and permitting of the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, a job that included developing legislation for construction and financing.

+ BIO: Renee Loth

Renée Loth is the former Editor of the Editorial page of The Boston Globe.

Loth also served as the Globe’s political editor, as presidential campaign reporter, State House bureau reporter and week-in-review writer. She is a frequent contributor to local and national news panels and a member of the Massachusetts Women’s Forum and vice-chair of the board of PEN-New England, which promotes literacy and free expression worldwide.

Loth was a Goldsmith fellow at Harvard University’s Joan Shorenstein Center for the Press, Politics and Public Policy. She received her journalism degree from Boston University.

Boston Society of Architects/AIA and the BSA Foundation