Urban Design

Boston Civic Design Commissioner Biographies

Deneen Crosby

Ms. Deneen Crosby, ASLA

Deneen Crosby is a founding Principal and Director of Landscape Architecture at Crosby, Schlessinger, Smallridge, LLC (CSS) in Boston, MA.  She has over 35 years of design experience, including hundreds of constructed projects in the Boston metropolitan area. Deneen has been recognized for the design vision she has brought to many large infrastructure projects that affect the experience of millions of residents of the metropolitan region, including the Green Line Extension project, the Casey Arborway project, and various components of the Central Artery/Third Harbor Tunnel project including the North End Parks section of the Rose Kennedy Greenway. She currently serves as a Manager of the Legacy Fund for Boston and Designator for the George B. Henderson Foundation; and was awarded the 2018 Boston Society of Architects Women in Design Award of Excellence.

Linda Eastley

Ms. Linda Eastley, AICP

Linda Eastley is a Founding Principal and Managing Partner at Eastley + Partners, LLC, with 25 years experience in campus planning and large-scale urban design. Ms. Eastley’s project experience has included strategies for university systems, waterfront and urban district planning, complex development programming, and site analysis. She is active in the American Planning Association, the Society for College and University Planning, the Urban Land Institute, and the Women's Principal Group of the Boston Society of Architects. Ms. Eastley graduated from Cornell University and the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

David Hacin

Mr. David Hacin, FAIA

David Hacin is the President of Hacin + Associates, an architecture and interior design firm recognized internationally for its work in housing, retail, and interior design, as well as a Principal at Sasaki Associates, Inc. Mr. Hacin is active in civic, academic, and professional organizations, and has chaired and served on numerous boards and juries in Boston and across the country. He currently serves on the Northeastern University School of Architecture Advisory Board and regularly serves as a guest critic at design schools across the country. A Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, Mr. Hacin was also recently inducted into the New England Design Hall of Fame. Originally from Switzerland, Mr. Hacin graduated summa cum laude from Princeton and received his Masters in Architecture with distinction from the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

David Hacin

Mr. Eric Höweler, AIA

Eric Höweler AIA, is an architect, designer, educator, and founding principal of Höweler + Yoon Architecture. Höweler + Yoon Architecture is a design-driven architecture practice and creative studio that believes design is an instrument for imagining and implementing change – social, cultural, technological, and environmental. Eric Höweler is currently Associate Professor in Architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. His design work and research investigates the intersections between architecture and building technologies with a focus on envelopes and material systems. He is author of Skyscraper, Vertical Now (Rizzoli/Universe 2003) and co-author of 1,001 Skyscrapers (Princeton Architectural Press 2000). Höweler received a Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University with the AIA Henry Adams Certificate in 1994, a Masters of Architecture from Cornell University in 1996.

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Ms. Mikyoung Kim, FASLA

The founding principal of Mikyoung Kim Design, Mikyoung Kim is an international landscape architect and urban designer. This year, her firm has been awarded the prestigious Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Museum National Design Award and she is the recipient of the American Society of Landscape Architects’ National Design Medal. With a uniquely holistic approach, her firm’s exceptional body of work has redefined the discipline of landscape architecture, inhabiting the intersection of art and science. From the art of ecology and restorative landscapes, Mikyoung Kim Design’s work addresses the most pressing environmental and health-related issues, while creating innovative and immersive human experiences. Their work has been highlighted in numerous publications including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, the Guardian Newspaper, National Geographic, Dwell Magazine, and the Chicago Tribune. Mikyoung was named as an AD innovator by Architectural Digest and her firm has received numerous national awards from the ASLA, American Architecture Prize, AIA and GSA. Her life’s work is featured in the Smithsonian Museum American Voices Collection.

Andrea Leers

Ms. Andrea Leers, AIA, Chair

Andrea Leers  is Principal and co-founder of Leers Weinzapfel Associates, a Boston based practice whose work lies at the intersection of architecture, urban design, and infrastructure. In recognition of its bold and refined architecture enriching the public realm, LWA received the AIA Firm Award in 2007, the first women-led firm to be so honored. Ms. Leers is former Director of the Master in Urban Design Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Design where she was Adjunct Professor of Architecture and Urban Design from 2001 to 2011. She is currently a member of the University of Washington Architectural Advisory Commission, Harvard’s Design Advisory Pool, and a Trustee of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston. A Fellow of the AIA, Ms. Leers received a B.A. in Art History from Wellesley College, and an M.Arch. from the University of Pennsylvania.

Anne-Marie Lubenau

Ms. Anne-Marie Lubenau, FAIA

Anne-Marie Lubenau is the director of the Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence at the Bruner Foundation in Cambridge, where she oversees a national design award program that recognizes transformative places that contribute to the economic, environmental, and social vitality of cities. Prior to joining the Bruner Foundation, she was President and CEO of the Community Design Center of Pittsburgh and worked in architectural firms in Pennsylvania and Maryland. She is vice chair of the Boston Society of Architects Foundation board of trustees and serves on the Harvard GSD Alumni Council and Wentworth Design Professionals Advisory Council. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Carnegie Mellon and was a 2011/2012 Harvard Loeb Fellow.

David Manfredi

Mr. David Manfredi, FAIA

David Manfredi is a founding Principal of Elkus Manfredi Architects. He has worked to protect and rebuild urban places all across the United States, creating a thriving new generation of neighborhoods, academic campuses, and main streets that honor their heritage and environment while embracing the 21st century. Mr. Manfredi has worked with a variety of industry leaders from across the country on all types of building and planning projects, and is nationally recognized for his master planning, urban design, and placemaking work. Prior to co-founding Elkus Manfredi, he was a vice president at The Architects Collaborative in Cambridge. Mr. Manfredi holds Bachelor degrees in English and Architecture from the University of Notre Dame, and a Master of Arts degree from the University of Chicago.

Paul F. McDonough

Mr. Paul F. McDonough, ESQ

Paul F. McDonough practices law with Goulston & Storrs, specializing in the real estate, hospitality, and recreation industries. Mr. McDonough’s broad-based real estate financing and developing practice involves multi-use real estate development projects, joint ventures representing investors, developers, foreign and domestic projects, pension funds and REITs. Paul has represented both borrowers and lenders in a variety of complex financing transactions, construction and permanent lending and a variety of participating mortgages. He is a Board Member of Historic Boston, Inc., as well as a Fellow at the Massachusetts Historical Society and a Council Member of the Legal Defense Fund at the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Mr. McDonough received his Juris Doctor cum laude from the Boston College Law School.

William L. Rawn

Mr. William L. Rawn, FAIA, LEED AP

William Rawn is the founding Principal of William Rawn Associates, Architects, Inc. in Boston. The firm has won 9 American Institute of Architects (AIA) National Honor Awards in the last 18 years, and is the winner of two Harleston Parker Medals for the Northeastern University Building H and the Cambridge Public Library. Major projects nationally include Seiji Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood, the Music Center at Strathmore outside Washington, D.C., and the Williams College ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance; and in Boston, 6 buildings on Northeastern University’s West Campus, the Campus Center and Student Residence at Wheelock College, the W Hotel, and Bricklayers Affordable Rowhouses in Charlestown and Mission Hill. The firm has worked at many of the nation’s top universities and colleges, including Harvard, Yale, Stanford, MIT, Duke, University of Virginia, Johns Hopkins, Williams, Amherst, and Swarthmore. Mr. Rawn is a graduate of Yale College, Harvard Law School, and the MIT School of Architecture.

Kirk Sykes

Mr. Kirk Sykes, AIA

Mr. Sykes is Managing DIrector of Accordia Partners, LLC, a Boston based real estate investment and development company. Accordia executes large scale public-private real estate projects with a goal of financial and socially responsible investing success. Previously, Mr. Sykes was the head of Urban Strategy America Fund, L.P. Mr. Sykes currently serves on The Natixis Loomis Sayles Funds Board of Trustees, The Eastern Bank Board of Trustees & Risk Management Committee, The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston External Diversity Advisory Board, Real Estate Executive Council (Chairman), and The Urban Land Institute’s New England Advisory Board. He attended the Harvard University Business School, Owners and Presidents Management Program, the MIT Center for Real Estate Development Commercial Development Executive Program and the L’Ecole Polytechnique in Paris, France. He earned his Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University.

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