CUAA Special Election 2015 for Alumni Trustees

Edward Nilsson 

AT15 Nilsson

Architecture 1970
Marblehead, MA

Principal, Nilsson + Siden Associates, Inc., Architects & Planners, Salem, MA

Relevant Skills:

Member, Board of Trustees, Episcopal Divinity School, Cambridge, MA                                                      

Chair, Board of Directors of the Arts Federation, dedicated to the support of America’s artistic community. As Chairman of the Marblehead Planning Board he directed the update of the town’s Master Plan.              

Ed has taught at Boston Architectural College and guest-lectured at M.I.T. and Salem State University.

Professional Qualifications:

Edward Nilsson is the founder of Nilsson+Siden Associates (N+SA). The firm’s clientele includes projects in the commercial, institutional, and residential sectors. With college and university campus experience, he is also familiar with academic needs. Ed is licensed to practice architecture in six states.

Prior to N+SA, he was lead project architect for Constitution Quarters (Bldg. 42) at the Charlestown Naval Shipyard in Boston, an adaptive reuse of the historic former metal works into 367 units of housing (with Anderson Notter Finegold). Before that he was lead project architect with The Architects Collaborative (TAC) for a large mixed-use commercial, residential, parking facility in Kuwait City.

Ed received a B.Arch from The Cooper Union, an M.Arch from Harvard University GSD, and an MBA from Babson College.

Personal Statement:

In advocating for eventual return of Cooper Union’s mission of free tuition, I would bring my relevant experience for the past eight years as a board member of a small college in Cambridge, MA, (Episcopal Divinity School). The school was property rich but operated under an increasing deficit budget. In 2009, EDS was able to enter into a real estate partnership with nearby Lesley University by selling some buildings, sharing others, along with transferring certain property maintenance expenses to Lesley. This allowed EDS to increase its educational footprint, increase synergy between the two institutions, and stabilize finances such that financial equilibrium, initially projected at 25-30 years out, has been reduced to a 10-year goal.

Additional Information:

  • Proud to be a Cooper Union graduate
  • Experienced academic trustee
  • Property management and business experience