gail ravgiala, editor
what better way to start the new year than by
nominating someone for a 2015 Mentors in Design (
MIDDIES) honor? As you ponder the year gone by, consider
the guidance and encouragement you received from a
mentor in your life and tell us about him or her. Nominations are open now through March 31 at designnew
england.com/middies, but don’t put off till tomorrow what
you can do for your mentor, or someone else’s mentor,
today. To inspire you, we asked several people we admire
in the design and building industries to tell us who mentored them. Their answers, on Page 86, address the many
places mentors are found and the sometimes unexpected
ways they guide us to reach our potential.
For us, the old year ended on a very happy note when
we won an Eddie Award from Folio:, the magazine industry trade publication, for our cover story “Federal, Favreau Style” in the November/December 2013 issue. The Folio: prizes are considered the Oscars of the magazine business, and we
were thrilled to be selected from a stellar array of competitors. I wrote the story, but it was a
100 percent team effort. Favreau Design gave us a great project, Eric Roth delivered gorgeous
photographs, DNE Art Director Jenna Talbott put it together in one compelling package,
and Associate Editor Courtney Goodrich did the final edits. It takes a village to win the gold!
trevor reid grew up in Connecticut, where, during his freshman year at Pomfret
School, he discovered photography and immediately knew it was the career path
he would pursue. He refined his camera skills at the Maine Photographic
Workshops and received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Advertising Photography
from Rochester Institute of Technology. For our 2015 Mentors in Design call for
nominations, he took portraits of design industry leaders who answered the
question “who’s your mentor?” page 86.
william saunders is a writing consultant and recently retired Founding Editor of
Harvard Design Magazine and is the author of several books on architecture,
design, and planning. He finds retirement vastly overrated and is teaching a course,
“Writing About Architecture,” at the Boston Architectural College this semester. He
was familiar with Harvard’s darker and dustier museums before they came
together in the new expanded Fogg, now the Harvard Art Museums, a luminous
place where the art is now much more present. places, page 74.
from the editor
meaghan o’neill is a writer, editor, blogger, and founder of Puddingstone Post,
a lifestyle blog. She has a background in journalism covering environmental
issues, but also loves to write about design. For this issue, she visits the renovated
Victorian home of architect Gale Goff in Newport, Rhode Island. Coincidentally,
O’Neill, who also lives in Newport, rehabilitated an 18th-century Colonial with
her husband a few years ago. “In renovating an old house,” she says, “you think
about how people would have lived in it when it was built.” visit, page 24.
A STAIRWAY to
135 Massachusetts Ave. • Boston
anthony crisafulli was born and raised in Rhode Island, “a small place that fills
most of my heart,” he says. Now based in New York City, he came back to Rhode
Island to photograph the home of architect Gale Goff. “My love for the great
outdoors and for the sea have inspired a fascination with the designed
environment. I’m inspired by the line and form of spaces and surfaces and by the
way light fills and bounces on and paints them.” When not behind the camera, he
enjoys getting lost and discovering new places. visit, page 24.