Susan Boyle and Rhoda Lawrence formed BOLA in 2000, and since that time have honed an architectural practice that extends from pre-design and programming through complete architectural design and construction administration services.  In a unique complement to the traditional architectural services of master planning and restoration / rehabilitation design for historic structures and sites, BOLA also offers historic research and resource surveys, evaluations and impact assessments for SEPA / NEPA and Section 106 Review, and assistance with historic preservation tax credit applications.

The firm is organized to allow its principals to be involved in all phases of the work, providing first-hand creativity and commitment to design projects, which are primarily for institutions, public and non-profit clients. BOLA's design solutions incorporate sustainable "green" strategies as an integral component, regardless of government mandates, and strive to integrate passive energy systems, salvaged and recycled materials, natural daylighting, and improved energy conservation measures into the preservation and restoration process.

BOLA's specialized staff also provides local landmark and National Register nominations, historic resource and multi-property historic surveys, and planning and feasibility studies.  We also consult with property owners and project managers on landmark regulations, new infill designs, and financial incentive programs for historic preservation.  We are familiar with the landmarks review process at the federal, state and local levels, and many of our projects comply with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties, and follow the recommended guidelines.