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). She has over 30 years of design experience including more than 80 constructed projects in the Boston area. Ms. Crosby’s work includes the design of significant open spaces including the North End Parks section of the Rose Kennedy Greenway in Boston, where she served as Principal in Charge and Project Manager; urban parks and playgrounds; educational and institutional facilities; multi-use recreational paths and greenways; streetscape improvements; and transportation-related site planning and design projects. Prior to founding CSS, she was a Principal at Wallace Floyd Design Group where she oversaw the firm's landscape design projects.

Linda Eastley

Ms. Linda Eastley, AICP

Linda Eastley is a Principal at Sasaki Associates, Inc., with over 15 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 with a degree in Landscape Architecture and minor in Architecture, and received her Masters of Landscape Architecture in Urban Design from 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.

David Hacin

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, Vice Chair

Andrea Leers is a Principal and co-founder of Leers Weinzapfel Associates, a Boston based practice whose work lies at the intersection of architecture, urban design, and infrastructure and is notable for its inventiveness in dramatically complex projects. In December 2006, Leers became the first woman owner of a practice to receive the American Institute of Architecture Firm Award, the organization’s highest honor. She 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. Ms. Leers holds an undergraduate degree in art history from Wellesley College, and a Masters of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Fine Arts.

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

Kirk Sykes is the President of Urban Strategy America Fund, L.P, a New Boston Real Estate Investment Fund, and specializes in the creation of urban mixed-use developments. Mr. Sykes combines his professional training and hands-on experience in the areas of development, design and construction to create customized responses to the complex issues of urban real estate development. Mr. Sykes is Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, Vice Chairman of Real Estate Executive Council, and Co Chair of the Urban Land Institute Responsible Property Investment Council. Mr. Sykes attended the Harvard University Business School, Owner and Presidents Management Program, the MIT Center for Real Estate Development, and received his Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University.


  • Boston Planning & Development Agency
  • One City Hall Square, Boston, MA 02201
  • Tel: 617.722.4300  Fax: 617.248.1937
  • © 2018 Boston Planning & Development Agency