gail ravgiala, editor
the judges deliberated and the decisions are in. our
2016 Mentors in Design have been selected and we can’t wait
to honor them on May 18 at our fifth MIDDIES celebration at
the Harvard Art Museums (details on Page 145).
The Mentors of the Year are builders Alex Slive and Doug
Hanna, founders of S+H Construction in Cambridge, Massachusetts. They build beautiful houses, run a great company,
are generous supporters of community organizations, and
always have the time to extend a helping hand to a colleague.
Our Distinguished Mentors include two architects. Lynne
Spencer of Spencer & Vogt in Boston specializes in preservation and often finds herself guiding a nonprofit group through
a stressful renovation process while also setting her staff,
many of them students, on a path to success. Mark Hutker,
founder and principal of Hutker Architects in Falmouth, Vineyard Haven, and Boston, Massachusetts, is known for his striking residential designs, his ready smile, and his supportive
approach to staff, colleagues, and clients.
In a way, all mentors are teachers, but when a mentor dedicates himself to teaching, the
effect can be exponential. Lance Patterson, the longtime heart and soul of the furniture-making
program at Boston’s North Bennet Street School, is a Distinguished Mentor who, as one student
put it, “provides us with the tools and wisdom to accomplish anything.” Now that is mentoring.
john budris is the founding and current editor of Vineyard Style Magazine on
Martha’s Vineyard. When he’s not writing about houses both vintage and new,
he’s working on them. “I’m about halfway done with restoring my own 1840
farmhouse and barn, with equal parts cash and calluses,” he says. He has one
small regret about the Vermont pool story. “The afternoon I was there, a
monstrous thunderstorm swept in with pounding rains and wind, churning the
water,” he says, “and my camera was in the car.” make a splash, page 130.
katrina mojzesz relocated from Philadelphia, where she graduated from Moore
College of Art and Design and then spent 15 years in business, to Vermont.
Having grown up in Connecticut, she says “the move to New England was like
coming home.” She specializes in architectural and landscape photography and
says, “I work with amazingly talented builders, architects, and interior and
landscape designers.” For our story on natural pools, she photographed a
spectacular installation near Brattleboro, Vermont. make a splash, page 130.
from the editor
marni elyse katz is a Boston-based design writer, art consultant, and the
blogger behind StyleCarrot. She gleans never-ending inspiration from the stories
she writes about other people’s homes. “I’m an absolute urban dweller,” says
Katz, “with a vague dream of renovating a Midcentury Modern house.” Seeing the
metamorphosis of the home she profiled in this issue, Katz added many more
ideas to her virtual design files. “Just the tweak of a roofline,” she says,
“transformed an entire living arrangement.” add a little, get a lot, page 66.
tony luong is a Boston-based photographer. From a small town in Connecticut,
he received a master of fine art degree from the Massachusetts College of Art and
Design. His work has appeared in various publications including Bloomberg
Businessweek, Dwell, The New York Times, Wired, and The Wall Street Journal.
He has recently discovered a new obsession for fly-fishing. For this issue, he
traveled to Manchester, New Hampshire, to photograph Genella McDonald, who
designs hotels, offices, and other commercial spaces. insight, page 96.