Emily Grandstaff-Rice celebrates her fellowship with cake The garage of the future Amy Korte (L) at the dedication of the Massport Garage Kate Bubriski (R) at Greenbuild Virtual Reality demo at ABX Our Graphic Design team created this book mosaic mural for the Boston Public Library. Photo by Robert Benson One of the many creative mini-golf holes for our annual in-studio touranment Brooklyn Boulders Queensbridge We paused for a team photo during one of our architectural walking tours Just before school started for the year, we took a tour of the brand new KIPP Academy Boston Sidney Research Campus

As we usher in the New Year, we are looking back on some of the news and events that made the past year so exciting. Our team has continued to grow in our downtown Boston studio, with the addition of more creative minds to our architecture, graphics, interiors, administrative, and marketing departments. The year began with a champagne toast for our newest fellow, Emily Grandstaff-Rice, and since then we’ve applauded newly achieved registrations, toasted recently titled associates and senior associates, and celebrated the election of Amy Korte and Larry Spang to the BSA Board of Directors.

2016 was the year of the Driverless Car, and Principal Amy Korte was interviewed by the Boston Globe after she spent time developing concepts for a garage that can adapt to a future that includes autonomous vehicles. Arrowstreet also expanded our range of services and expertise, developing new design techniques in the worlds of Virtual and Augmented Reality. This ability to create immersive environments has allowed us to enhance the design process and accelerate project communication.

We took what we learned out of the studio, and our expert staff hit the road, leading conversations on design, sustainability, resiliency, and technology at ABX, HUBWeek, RetailGreen, Greenbuild,ULI,  and the AIA National conventions. Their work could be found in national and international publications as we discussed industry trends, equity, the future of design, and changing how prospective tenants view vacant spaces. There was plenty of fun in the studio as well; we celebrated Earth Day over an entire month, led our own series of architectural walking tours, hosted our annual mini-golf tournament, and shared travel inspirations with the Instagram hashtag #ArrowstreetTravels.

Our project teams were busy all year long. We celebrated the opening of: Target’s new small format stores, KIPP Academy in Boston, the Boston Public Library, the Sidney Research Campus, Phase I of Greybarn, Ocean 650 in Revere, our third Brooklyn Boulders location, and the dedication of the Massport Garage.

We wrapped our year up with our annual holiday party, held this year at the Boston Public Library, where we all were able to enjoy our graphic design team’s incredible work, including their spectacular book mosaic mural of the Boston skyline. With projects under construction from Downtown Boston to Long Island, we are thankful to our staff, consultants, and clients for making 2016 such a success; we can’t wait to see what 2017 holds!