Thursday, February 21, 2013

HBI Board Member, Jay Wickersham, Appointed Adjunct Associate Professor of Architecture


HBI is pleased to hear that Board Member, Jay Wickersham has been appointed as Adjunct Associate Professor of Architecture, effective 1 January 2013. Wickersham has previously served as a Lecturer in Architecture at the GSD, teaching courses in architectural practice and ethics, the history of architectural practice, international design practice, and planning and environmental law.

Wickersham has worked in all aspects of design, planning, and development as an architect, an urban designer, a lawyer, and an environmental regulator. In his practice and his teaching, Wickersham focuses on the legal implications of contemporary forces shaping architectural practice and environmental regulation. He is a graduate of Yale University, Harvard GSD, and Harvard Law School, and has been elected as a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.

A founding partner in the law firm Noble & Wickersham LLP, in Cambridge, MA, Wickersham represents over 200 architectural and design firms practicing around the country and world-wide. He specializes in shaping the legal and business relationships among complex design teams, managing risk and protecting intellectual property, and addressing the legal and business implications of sustainable design, integrated project delivery, and building information modeling.

Wickersham also specializes in environmental regulations affecting renewable energy and sustainable development. From 1998 to 2002 Wickersham served as Assistant Environment Secretary for Massachusetts and directed the statewide environmental impact review program.  Recent and current projects include representing wind farms, developing state regulations for smart growth and affordable housing development, and rezoning of the downtown Boston waterfront. Wickersham successfully advocated to preserve the Ames Shovel Works in North Easton, MA, listed by the National Trust as one of the 11 most endangered historic sites in the country.

Wickersham has written on design and planning issues for general and professional journals, including the Harvard Design Magazine, Perspecta, New England Quarterly, and the Harvard Environmental Law Review. His current research includes a biography of Charles Bulfinch; a study of the architect-client relationship between H.H. Richardson and the Ames family; and the historical evolution of professional ethical codes.

HBI would like to congratulate Jay Wickersham on this great achievement!

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