Daniel Bernstein, AIA, LEED BD+C is an accomplished architect, campus planner and urban designer with 30 years of experience encompassing more than 20 building types spanning 5 continents. Daniel's experience includes commissions throughout the U.S. and abroad including urban planning, resort, athletic, commercial and institutional projects in Cyprus, Egypt, Korea, and China. He has designed more than 20 college and university buildings and campus plans including those for the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Princeton University, Columbia University, Tufts University, University of Pennsylvania, University of Rochester, and the University of New Hampshire. Counting dormitories and multi-family structures, Daniel has planned and designed over 20,000 units of housing.
Like his two partners, Daniel is completely involved in every Architerra project from planning and concept design through construction detailing and administration. Daniel concentrates on the aesthetics of sustainability, building on long standing interests in design visualization, including rendering, digital modeling and animation. Daniel led a two hour simulcast presentation on Zero Net Energy building design at the 2013 AIA National Convention. He has taught at the Boston Architectural Center, served as a visiting critic at the Rhode Island School of Design, led Earthwatch Expeditions, and presented at Build Boston. Daniel is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (B.A. cum laude History and Fine Arts, 1974) and Harvard Graduate School of Design (M.Arch. 1979, commendation for Design Excellence). He is a both LEED accredited professional and a licensed architect in Massachusetts.
Ellen Watts, AIA, LEED AP is a driving force behind Architerra's innovative sustainable design practice, bringing a focused, multi-disciplinary approach to Architerra's creative enterprise. In addition to her role as Architerra co-founder and co-manager, Ellen shares responsibility for designing and delivering award-winning projects.
Ellen is recognized for her depth and breadth as an architect. Her "whatever it takes" approach is valued by owners and collaborators alike. With degrees in architecture, real estate development, and government, Ellen offers experience with more than 20 building types, including academic facilities, offices, and laboratories totaling more than 3 million square feet. Particular strengths include architectural design, sustainable strategies, historic reuse, design research, programming, master planning, permitting, fund-raising support, conceptual estimating, and project management.
Ellen is a public policy advocate and frequent presenter on sustainable design topics. Over the past decade, Ellen has chaired the Massachusetts Governor's Zero Net Energy Building Task Force, served as president of New England Women in Real Estate, and was the principal investigator for "The State of Sustainability in Higher Education" funded by an inaugural research grant by the Boston Society of Architects. She has also served the Town of Wellesley, MA, as a Green Ribbon Study Committee Member and Historic District Commissioner.
Ellen earned a B.A. cum laude from Smith College, an M.Arch. from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, which awarded her the James Templeton Kelley Prize for Design, and an M.S. in Real Estate Development from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Dan Arons, AIA, LEED AP is a technologically gifted leader who advances Architerra's mission and guides its sustainable design innovation and integrated project delivery. In addition to his role as Architerra co-founder and co-manager, Dan shares responsibility for designing and executing exemplary high performance projects.
Dan is recognized for his collaborative approach, energy systems expertise, and exacting attention to detail. With degrees in architecture and building technology, Dan offers extensive experience with major projects of many building types that have benefited from his unique cross-training. Strengths include sustainable strategies, building systems and energy analysis, building envelope detailing, architectural specifications, and construction administration.
A founding member of the U.S. Green Building Council's Education Committee, Dan chaired the Boston Society of Architects' Committee on the Environment, and is a leader of the BSA Board's Committee for the Advancement of Sustainability. Dan taught sustainable design at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, juried the Boston Society of Architects Sustainable Design Award program, and is a frequent presenter on sustainable design topics. He also served as a member of Massachusetts Governor's Green Roundtable.
Dan earned a B.Arch. from University of Minnesota, and an M.S. degree in Building Technology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which awarded him the Marvin E. Goody Award for Architectural Practice & Design Research.
Michael Grant, AIA, NCARB, LEED, is an architect and an accomplished practitioner with extensive expertise in educational, residential, commercial, and large scale planning projects. Michael adds his creativity and visualization talent, plus his conceptual design, and architectural detailing to Architerra's projects. Michael played a key role in Architerra’s design of the first Zero Net Energy office building in Massachusetts, the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife Field Headquarters, which includes offices, classrooms, and laboratories. His recent project experience at Architerra also included the Zero Net Energy design for the LEED Platinum Keene State College Technology Design & Safety Center.
Michael has taught architecture, construction, and integrated building systems courses at the Rhode Island School of Design, Roger Williams University, Northeastern University, and the University of Michigan, and has been an invited juror reviewing student work at MIT, Harvard, and the University of Virginia. His work has won two awards for design excellence from the Boston Society of Architects and has been published in Architecture Boston and Dwell magazines. Michael holds degrees from Harvard Graduate School of Design, where he earned the James Templeton Kelley Prize, and the University of Virginia School of Architecture.
Kate Mora, AIA, LEED AP, is a registered architect with focused expertise in sustainable educational facilities, zero net energy buildings, and sustainable planning. A gifted designer, her attention to detail and dual strengths in design and production fortify her skills in architectural design, Building Information Modeling (BIM), project management, programming, and illustrative presentation work. She has close working relationships with all three Architerra principals and the senior architects developed through multiple projects.
Kate has been deeply involved in the building design and detailing, as well as, construction administration for one of the first Zero Net Energy buildings in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife Headquarters.
She was a member of the display design team for the Architerra-designed “energy plus” SUNY ESF Gateway Center in Syracuse, NY and a member of the sustainable planning teams for the University of New Hampshire Master Plan Update and the Clark University Master Plan Studies.
Kate holds a Bachelors of Architecture, 2006, from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where she graduated summa cum laude and won the Peck Prize for her Thesis in sustainable living environments.