Piecing together a new approach to an ancient form of design
27, Co-founder & Creative Director
ARTAIC - Innovative Mosaic
In 2007, Paul Reiss partnered with Ted Acworth to form Artaic, a design-build firm that creates architectural tile installations through the use of proprietary software and robotic fabrication systems. As creative director of Artaic, Reiss is the firm's lead mosaic designer. He has developed custom mosaic art for clients such as Hyatt, Ritz Carlton, MGM Bellagio, Sheraton, Tropicana Resorts and Casino, Hilton, Charlotte Area Transit and Google. His regional work can be seen at Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Koch Center in Cambridge, Mass., and at Legal Sea Foods Harborside Restaurant in Boston. He leads the development of Artaic's mosaic design software with which he has given tutorials to architects, designers and public artists, including workshops at Apple stores in Boston and Chicago. In 2010, Artaic partnered with Home Depot to create a mid-market tile product for residential consumers called Mosaic Loft. Artaic also partnered with a Boston-area nonprofit group called Artists for Humanity. Reiss is coordinating a catalog of mosaics designed by the group that will be sold to raise funds to support the organization.
Kenneth E. Rubinstein
Helps clients with contracts while educating the industry on issues
Preti, Flaherty, Beliveau & Pachios
Born into a construction family, Rubinstein helped his father assemble bid materials as a teenager. Now, as a senior construction attorney with Preti, Flaherty, Beliveau & Pachios, he has negotiated and assisted in creating more than $500 million dollars worth of project contracts, and has litigated disputes involving tens of millions of dollars. Upon joining Preti Flaherty in 2011, Rubinstein helped grow the firm's construction practice, conducting in-house training on construction law issues and recruiting other attorneys to join the firm. He regularly teaches courses on construction law issues and organizes networking events for other construction industry professionals. Rubinstein helped found the Construction Law Committee of the Massachusetts Bar Association and currently serves as a committee co-chair. He also established the Associated General Contractors of Massachusetts' Coffee with the Contractors program, which created a forum for subcontractors to meet the lead executives from some of the region's largest construction firms.