Urban Design

Boston Civic Design Commissioner Biographies

Deneen Crosby

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

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.
 

Jonathan Evans

Jonathan Evans, AIA

Jonathan is a Principal at MASS Design Group with over 13 years experience managing  architectural and urban design projects largely focused on public interest design. This ranges from affordable multi-family housing to urban design and planning work for non-profits and public agencies. Recent projects in Boston include the J.J. Carroll Redevelopment of 142-units of senior housing in the Brighton Neighborhood. He regularly serves as a guest critic at area design schools and has served as a featured panelist at the Affordable Housing Design Leadership Conference and Mayors Institute on City Design among other events. Jonathan graduated from The University of Virginia and the Harvard Graduate School of Design where he was awarded the Alpha Rho Chi medal for leadership, service and promise of professional merit.

 

David Hacin

David Hacin, AIA

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.

 

Eric Howeler

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.
 

Mikyoung Kim

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.
 

Kathy Kottaridis

Kathy Kottaridis

Kathy Kottaridis joined Historic Boston Inc. (HBI) as its Executive Director in 2007. A patient investor in the redevelopment and re-use of endangered historic buildings, HBI is recognized by its partners and collaborators for high quality projects that re-activate historic buildings projects for new uses. Under Kathy’s leadership, HBI has undertaken $25 million in project investments, transforming eight abandoned historic structures intonew mixed-use developments and leveraging considerable private investment.Among these are the rehabilitation of city’s oldest remaining fire house for HBI’s headquarters in Boston’s Roxbury neighborhood, and the redevelopment of architect H.H.Richardson’s only remaining commercial building in Boston for mixed use housing and retail development. She received her BA in History from the University of New Hampshire, an MA in Historic Preservation from Boston University, and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

 

Andrea Leers

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.
 

Mimi Love

Mimi Garza Love

Mimi Garza Love is a principal at Utile, with expertise ranging from complicated renovation projects to campus master plans. While her experience is broad, she has a particular interest in adaptive reuse projects that have complicated programmatic requirements. She is currently leading a campus master plan for Belmont Hill School and is the principal-in-charge for The Possible Project’s Innovation Center in Boston. She led the Boston Harbor Islands Pavilion on the Rose Kennedy Greenway and the Richard Ortner Studio Building for Boston Conservatory at Berklee. Mimi led an urban campus master plan for a tech company based in Kendall Square that will eventually occupy close to a million square feet of office space. Several phases of the expansion have been completed, and she is currently overseeing the interior fit-out of 300,000 SF of a new office tower. Prior to joining Utile, Mimi was an Associate at Machado Silvetti in Boston. Mimi co-authored Color Space Style, a reference book on interior design for Rockport Publications.
 

Anne-Marie Lubenau

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

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.
 

William L. Rawn

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

Kirk Sykes

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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