Todd BNHR-11.1.18.crex2The 2019 Jury of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) has elevated Todd Hanson, FAIA to its prestigious College of Fellows, an honor awarded to members who have made significant contributions to the profession. Hanson will be honored at an investiture ceremony at the 2019 National AIA Convention in Las Vegas in June, as well as at an AIA New Hampshire event at the Currier Museum of Art, March 28. 

The 2019 jury elevated 115 AIA members, from across the country, to the College of Fellows. Todd Hanson’s elevation to fellowship is conferred on him for promoting the science and art of planning and building by advancing the standards of architectural education, training, and practice.


Hanson, a principal at JSA Inc, developed a passion for thoughtful therapeutic healthcare environments early in his career. He has designed facilities for people struggling with a variety of physical and emotional challenges and is acknowledged globally for his expertise in environments for behavioral health. In New England, his projects include Maine’s Riverview Psychiatric Treatment Center, Exeter Hospital, Portsmouth Regional Hospital, Northeast Rehabilitation Hospital, and the Portsmouth Community Campus.

In 2008 Todd was diagnosed with a neuromuscular disease. As he lost the ability to walk and speak, his focus shifted to accessible and inclusive environments. With the support of his firm, Todd launched an initiative that would become Access Navigators, a non-profit online guide to accessibility that is recognized nationwide with the goal of raising awareness and enabling people with disabilities to stay connected with their communities.

James Warner, FAIA, JSA principal and fellowship sponsor said, “Todd has dedicated his career to thoughtfully understanding people’s physical and emotional needs. Now unable to walk or speak, he has transformed himself into one of our profession's leading spokesmen for accessible and inclusive environments.”

Today Todd engages businesses and organizations nationwide, encouraging professionals and community activists throughout the country to recognize impediments and embrace a spirit of inclusiveness. Hanson remarked, “Who better than me to inspire our profession and our communities to welcome meaningful inclusion for all.”





JSA Inc has received a Citation Award for Excellence in Unbuilt Architecture for Foundry Place Building 4 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The award was presented at the annual New Hampshire Chapter of the American Institute of Architects' awards banquet at the Currier Museum in Manchester, NH.

A jury comprised of Rhode Island architects selected award recipients that exemplify excellence in overall design, including aesthetics, creativity, appropriate functionality, sustainability, building performance, and the completeness with which the client's program has been fulfilled. For the Foundry Place design, the jury commented, "Quietly elegant, a nice model with a well done streetscape that fits seamlessly into the evolving neighborhood."

Foundry Place, developed by Deer Street Associates, is located in a newly arising neighborhood on the site of a historic industrial zone that was razed during urban renewal. This building has two front facades: one facing the city and one facing away, each responding with distinct massing, fenestration and detailing.   

The building exceeds code minimum for energy performance by 50% using locally sourced, durable materials including masonry and ironwork. Resiliency is implemented by raised floor heights, elevated utilities, high-performance envelope, natural ventilation, and solar shading.


JSA Inc. Names New Associates

JSA has named Dave Gardner and Jay Longtin, AIA, LEED AP, as associates of the firm.

Our newest associates are highly talented professionals and leaders both within the community and here at JSA,” said North Sturtevant, principal at JSA. “While Dave and Jay exemplify the highest standards of JSA and the profession, it is their quality as people that sets them apart. We look forward to their continued leadership as associates.”

Dave Gardner brings 34 years of experience in both architecture and web-based project management technology. A building technology expert, Dave is currently involved in the design and production of senior living communities for national clients. Dave has been involved in the community effort to bring a new aquatic facility to Dover and is a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity.

A 13 year veteran of JSA, Jay Longtin brings a depth of expertise on a wide variety of projects including privatized military housing and senior living communities. Currently, he is working on the updating of a mid-century facility for short-term rehabilitation, skilled nursing and adult daycare in Boston. Jay has been a frequent volunteer for Habitat for Humanity and has been JSA's primary organizer for meal prep and service at Cross Roads House. He also has been a team leader for a volunteer rebuilding effort in Haiti and did the same last December in Peru.

JSA's Access Navigators in the news

We take our mission "to deeply engage with the world around us" seriously. As part of that commitment, we founded and sponsor Access Navigators, a non-profit organization that is helping people with mobility challenges stay connected to their community.

The Seacoast Media Group recently featured our work in their newspapers. Read what they had to say: Access Navigators helps people with mobility issues

Todd-Portsmouth Herald
Photo: Ioanna Raptis/Seacoastonline

Environments for Aging names Seasons of Danvers competition finalist

The Seasons of Danvers secure courtyard is a finalist for the Environments for Aging 2016 single spaces competition. The courtyard is a vital part of this Alzheimer’s community as it allows a secure outdoor space for residents to walk, socialize and be connected to nature. There are opportunities for gardening and multiple sitting spaces. The courtyard allows for a colorful view from resident rooms and from the central household.

The finished project is nearly unrecognizable from its former self, with bright, life-enhancing renovations in every area of the building and grounds. It has become the centerpiece of this community. View the finalists.

Seasons of Danvers

Happy Birthday JSA!

Founded on Bastille Day in 1980, JSA turns 36 today. Happy Birthday to us!

A win, and another and another…

It's a hat trick for the JSA Education Studio with two more wins coming on the heels of a win for the Olson Center at UNH. Student housing projects on the campuses of Husson University in Bangor, Maine and Thomas College in Waterville, Maine will keep the education architects and designers out of trouble for the remainder of the summer.

Steve Hebsch awarded Plan NH scholarship

Congratulations to Steve Hebsch, JSA architectural designer currently enrolled in the Masters in Architecture program at the Boston Architectural College, the recipient of a $5000 scholarship from Plan New Hampshire. These scholarships are awarded to encourage and support students studying the built environment and its impact on the social, economic and environmental capital of a community.

Habitat for Humanity – new design team for third JSA house

Just announced: the newest Habitat for Humanity Southeast New Hampshire home will be designed by JSA architectural designers Lizz Melbourne and Erin Doody. Left to right, Christina McMahon, Erin Doody, Lizz Melbourne. The two-bedroom, single-family home is scheduled to start construction in August, 2016.

Habitat team

Tracy Kozak named Secretary/Treasurer for AIANH

Tracy Kozak, AIA, LEED AP and member of the Board of Directors for the New Hampshire Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIANH), has been named Secretary/Treasurer of the AIANH executive committee. She also serves on the AIANH Environmental Taskforce.

Sketchy outings

JSA is hitting the streets over the summer, taking a break from computer screens to hone our hand-sketching skills. Led by JSA partner Mark Moeller, the group has focused on interesting viewpoints and architectural details in historic Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Sketch group

Caleb Sloan earns EDAC Certification

Congrats to Caleb Sloan, AIA, LEED AP, JSA’s newest EDAC-credentialed architect.  Evidence-based Design Accreditation and Certification (EDAC) is a program that has established standards using an evidence-based design process for healthcare building projects. An EDAC certified individual can help make design decisions to produce measureable improvements in healthcare facility clinical outcomes, economic performance, productivity, customer satisfaction and cultural measures.

Todd Hanson judges for Engineering News Record

Each year, ENR's regional editions celebrate the excellence of young construction professionals, highlighting individuals under the age of 40 who represent "Best-of-the-Best" in their construction and design careers by giving back to the industry and communities. Todd Hanson has an inside look at the nominations, serving as a judge for this competition. Winners will be announced in the magazine's fall edition.


Habitat for Humanity finishes second JSA house

Habitat for Humanity has a vision of a world where everyone has a safe and decent place to live. JSA is providing architectural support to help Habitat achieve its vision. JSA architectural designers Christina McMahon and Patricia Shields provided design services for this home, a duplex to house veterans and their families. It will be ready for move-in in August 2016. Christina McMahon (left) and Patricia Shields (middle) with one of the two recipient families.

Habitat for humanity

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