We thrive on solving complex urban problems in intelligent, pragmatic ways.
From theoretical issues that frame policy to the practical implementation of architectural commissions, we develop a rigorous, research-based approach to finding the best answers.
Our work yields fresh ways to think about how we develop and build our cities, presented with useful, compelling clarity (it’s why we’re called Utile).
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Michael is a principal at Utile, where he has been in charge of numerous institutional, residential, and renovation projects such as the mixed-use, 160-unit Girard at 600 Harrison Avenue in Boston’s South End; the 31-unit multifamily 26 West Broadway in South Boston; and the Jamaica Plain Branch of the Boston Public Library addition and renovation.
Prior to joining Utile, Michael worked at Machad Silvetti, rising to the position of Associate in 2002. While at Machado Silvetti, he worked as a senior designer and project director on projects such as the Arizona State University Hassayampa Academic Village; the Honan-Allston Branch of the Boston Public Library, which won a 2003 AIA National Design Award; the Getty Villa, Research Center, and Scholars’ Library; and the Provincetown Art Association Museum, which was the first LEED-certified art museum in the United States.
In addition to his professional practice, Michael has taught design studios as a Faculty Associate at Arizona State University and is currently a member of the adjunct faculty at Northeastern University’s Department of Architecture. He is also on the Board of Directors for the Boston Preservation Alliance. Michael resides in Sharon, Massachusetts, with his wife and his two children.
LEED AP, Principal
Matthew Littell is one of the founding principals of Utile. Through his work in the firm’s architecture, planning, and early phase development projects, he has gained an expertise in building and zoning codes and the regulatory process specifically as they relate to urban design and housing. Matthew has directed many of the firm’s early phase planning and urban design projects, including the design guidelines and zoning for the Rose Kennedy Greenway District, as well as the Downtown Waterfront Municipal Harbor Plan. He served as Utile’s Principal-in-Charge for Imagine Boston 2030, the city’s first comprehensive plan in 50 years. In addition, he leads the firm’s international urban design practice, with projects in the United Arab Emirates, Malaysia, and Tanzania.
Matthew specializes in multifamily housing, particularly affordable and middle income housing. Under his direction, Utile currently has over 100 subsidized units under construction throughout the metro region for various Community Development Corporations such as The Neighborhood Developers, VietAID, and Asian CDC. He recently worked with The Brennan Group and John M. Corcoran Company as the Principal-in-Charge of the 283-unit, transit-oriented MetroMark Apartments in Forest Hills, and is currently providing strategic planning services to the Boston and Portland Housing Authorities.
Matthew teaches in the architecture program at Northeastern University, where he leads a graduate-level research studio on urban architectural typologies. Matthew earned his M.Arch. from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design in 1997, where he received the Boston Society of Architects’ James Templeton Kelly award for the best final design project, as well as the Clifford Wong prize for outstanding design in housing. He lives in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston with his wife and son.
Mimi Love is a principal at Utile. Her expertise ranges from complicated renovation projects to new construction with challenging programmatic requirements. She is leading a campus master plan and office expansion for a global search engine company and an office renovation for Next Jump Boston, both based in Kendall Square in Cambridge, MA, as well as Autodesk Boston’s BUILD 3F Expansion. She served as principal-in-charge for the expansive renovations of MIT’s Samuel Tak Lee Building and the Boston City Hall lobby. Mimi has led two master plan initiatives for St. Andrew’s school in Austin, TX and Cranbrook Educational Community in Bloomfield Hills, MI. She is well suited for teasing out specific programming needs and building consensus around a client’s mission.
Mimi was the managing principal for The Boston Conservatory Studio Building and served as the Interior Design Owner’s Representative for the Harvard Business School, responsible for ensuring the design quality and consistency of new initiatives. Mimi managed the design and construction of the Boston Harbor Islands Pavilion located on the Rose Kennedy Greenway for the National Park Service and Boston Harbor Island Alliance, and provided interior design services for the addition and renovation of the Jamaica Plain Branch of the Boston Public Library.
Prior to joining Utile, Mimi was an Associate at Machado Silvetti in Boston where she was the lead designer for the renovation projects at the Getty Villa in Malibu, CA. Mimi co-authored Color Space Style, a reference book on interior design for Rockport Publications.
FAIA, LEED AP, Principal
Tim Love is the founding principal of Utile, a 50-person Boston-based architecture and planning firm. Love’s primary focus is the relationship between individual works of architecture and the larger city. His work is not driven by aesthetics, but by collaborative deep-dive research focused on the technical, cultural, regulatory, and environmental issues of urban design problems. Love and his teams find opportunities for design by uncovering latent issues and fully leveraging and synthesizing them.
Love works on diverse projects of varying scales, including regeneration strategies for aging industrial areas and master plans for new urban districts. Love and his collaborators are also known for their award-winning public realm initiatives, including the Boston Complete Streets Design Guidelines and the Boston Harbor Islands Pavilion on the Rose Kennedy Greenway. Love served as strategic advisor on the Imagine Boston 2030 citywide plan and the comprehensive master plan for Boston City Hall and Plaza. He is leading the team for the Envision Cambridge Citywide Plan.
Love is a tenured Associate Professor the Northeastern University School of Architecture where he teaches urban design theory and graduate-level research studios. He is also a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (FAIA).
Amin Abbaszadeh is an architectural and urban designer at Utile. Born and raised in Tehran, Iran, Amin moved to the United States in 2009 to pursue his graduate degree. Prior to joining Utile, he was a designer at Stoss Landscape Urbanism, where he participated in competitions on public infrastructure in North America, Europe and China. He earned a B.Sc. in architecture from IUST in Tehran. He also holds an M.Arch. and a Master of Urban Design from Arizona State University. At Utile, he has been involved in multifamily housing projects, including MetroMark Apartments in Jamaica Plain, One Beach in Revere, and Upper Washington Development in Dorchester.
Kyle Belcher joined Utile in March 2016 as an architectural and urban designer. A graduate of the California College of the Arts and Harvard Graduate School Design with a Master of Architecture and Urban Design, Kyle has previously worked at Jensen Architects in San Francisco, and CBT and Sebastian Mariscal in Boston. He was the project manager for the 2009 Solar Decathalon Competition, in which he built a solar-powered house that placed 3rd and was displayed at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. More recently, he co-taught a multi-disciplinary seminar at RISD in 2015 on the “African Institute of Healthcare Transformation,” sponsored by Mass General Hospital’s Division of Global Health. He traveled over summer of 2015 to Kenya with two of his students to oversee construction of a new type of collaborative space within the Sagam Hospital and Clinic.
Ingrid Bengtson is an architect at Utile. Ingrid joined the firm in the fall of 2015 after receiving her Master of Architecture from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, where she was the recipient of the 2014 Peter Rice Fellowship. Her thesis explored entropy, light structures, and alternative temporalities as a means to create a new paradigm for designing large scale civic spaces, through an intervention at Battersea Power Station in London. She also served as Executive Co-chair for Harvard GSD’s Women in Design student group.
Prior to joining the firm, Ingrid was an architectural intern at Renzo Piano Building Workshop in Paris, where she worked on the new University Forum for Columbia University in Manhattan. She held internships at William Rawn Associates and Visnick & Caulfield Associates, both in Boston, MA, and taught as a studio instructor for the Harvard GSD Career Discovery program. She received her BA in Philosophy, Magna Cum Laude, from Boston College.
Originally from Vermont, Ingrid is a lifelong skiing enthusiast and a NCAA First Team Academic All-American alpine ski racer. She lives in Boston’s historic Beacon Hill neighborhood.
AIA, LEED AP, Assoc. Principal
Brett Bentson, Associate Principal, joined Utile in 2013. He was born and raised in San Francisco and studied architecture at Rice University in Houston, where he received the William Ward Watkin Traveling Fellowship, the school’s highest honor for graduating students. Brett managed the recent expansion and complete renovation of the Jamaica Plain Branch of the Boston Public Library as well as Girard, a 160-unit apartment building in Boston’s South End. He is currently leading the renovation of the Dudley Branch of the Boston Public Library and the design of a 14-story mixed-use development at 380 Harrison Avenue. Brett has worked with a diverse group of clients ranging from multifamily housing at 26 West Broadway in South Boston to the Belmont Day School.
Prior to joining Utile, Brett worked on a variety of projects for institutional clients including Bennington College, Bowdoin College, Northeastern University, and the University of Massachusetts. He has a focus on student housing, having designed over 3,000 student beds and one million square feet.
He has taught design studios at Northeastern University and served as a visiting critic at several Boston area architecture schools. Brett is a registered architect in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, holds NCARB certification and is a LEED Accredited Professional.
Cory Berg joined Utile in 2017 as an urban planner. She received her Master of Urban Planning from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, where she was honored with an Award for Excellence in Project-Based Urban Planning. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography and Art/Art History from Colgate University. Cory’s personal design philosophy is to enhance the quality of people’s everyday lives through improvements in the built environment.
Previously with Interboro Partners in New York City, Cory was a part of Utile’s Envision Cambridge consultant team, managing the Street Team and various outreach initiatives to engage Cambridge residents on the citywide master planning effort. Prior to beginning her career in urban planning, she worked for National Geographic in Washington, DC in education and marketing. She currently lives in Boston and enjoys running, kayaking, and exploring the greater Boston area on the weekends.
Eric Boatright is a senior architect and project manager, returning to Utile after five years of employment with two other Boston-based firms. After leading Utile’s effort at Spencer Green in Chelsea, MA, Eric became an expert in off-site construction while designing and supporting the fabrication and installation of a modular data center. Prior to joining Utile, he worked on the planning, design, and execution of university lab buildings and hospitals in Los Angeles, CA and Worcester, MA. He is a graduate of Brown University and the Southern California Institute of Architecture, where he served as student body president. Eric is a registered architect in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
The son of an Air Force officer, Eric spent his early years traveling extensively from Berlin to Hong Kong, eventually settling with his family in Colorado. He now lives in Roslindale with his wife, two daughters, and dog (also a girl).
Amy Brassard is the office manager for Utile. She has more than 25 years of experience as an office manager, bookkeeper, administrative coordinator, administrative analyst, and assistant in a wide range of industries. Amy began working for architects at Next Phase Studios in Boston, where her interest in architecture and design took flight. Prior to Next Phase Studios, Amy worked in Providence for Ratcliffe Burke Harten & Elias, LLP where she oversaw a comprehensive merged data entry system that tracked all time entries, invoicing, bank transactions, and reconciliations. Amy also co-owned her own pest extermination company and ran a home-based child day-care center.
Amy and her youngest daughter enjoy playing pool, weekend brunch, and retail therapy. Her oldest daughter lives in Los Angeles where Amy visits as much as possible to go on hikes and search out the best street tacos.
AIA, NCARB, Associate
Nick Buehrens is an architect and project manager at Utile. He has led a diverse range of projects, including a new 39-unit affordable senior housing project in Revere, a Cider Brewery on the East Boston waterfront, and a community-focused bike shop and cafe in Uphams Corner. Nick also managed renovations to the Dudley Branch of the Boston Public Library, and has served as an architectural consultant to Eversource on several infrastructural projects across the city of Boston. His experience at Utile has been grounded in exposure to project types at all scales and for commercial, institutional, and non-profit clients. He has taught at the Boston Architectural College, and served as a guest critic at the BAC, Northeastern University and RISD.
Trained as an artist and an architect, Nick has worked across the country on a variety of interdisciplinary, collaborative projects focusing primarily on ecological, social and urban issues. Prior to joining Utile, Nick worked at Stoss Landscape Urbanism, where he was the lead architectural designer on public infrastructure improvements for Harvard University. He has also been a design consultant for Stack+Co. and a project manager for DSA Architects (Berkeley, CA), where he oversaw the design and construction of net-zero energy urban housing prototypes. Born and raised in Boston, Nick holds a BA in Studio Art from The Colorado College and an M.Arch. from Rhode Island School of Design.
Zach has been at Utile since 2014 as an architectural design/office assistant.
After receiving a BFA in music performance from The New School in New York City, Zach decided to pursue architecture and enrolled in the M.Arch program at the Boston Architectural College in 2013. He expects to complete his degree at the end of 2017. In addition to design, Zach enjoys playing the drums, and traveling throughout New York, Maine, and his home state of Vermont.
AIA, LEED GA
Keith received his BA from Middlebury College in the History of Art and Architecture and his Masters of Architecture from MIT in 2010 where he was awarded the Alpha Rho Chi Medal. While at MIT, Keith was involved in several digital design and fabrication installations as well as more conventional design/build projects in El Salvador and in Cambridge. After MIT he spent six years at Ruhl Walker Architects in Boston working on residential and institutional projects.
Keith joined Utile in April 2016, and is accredited as a LEED Green Associate by the US Green Building Council and is a registered Architect in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Born and raised in Columbia, Maryland, Jack joined Utile in July 2017 as an architectural intern through Northeastern’s co-op program. Currently completing his fifth year, Jack is working toward his Bachelor of Science in Architecture with a minor in Urban Landscape Studies. Through his prior work at Northeastern University and William Rawn Associates and his current work here at Utile, his hope is to continue his lifelong dream to create a cross-disciplinary architecture that elicits dialogue, one that engages art, technology, sustainability, politics, economics, and history to generate a new and enriching human experience. If he’s not in the office working on the Autodesk Build Space Expansion in Boston’s Innovation and Design Center, there’s no telling where you’ll find him. He is constantly exploring his interests in theatre, photography, design, music, food, art, and at any moment can be found wandering the streets in the beautiful city of Boston. Unlike any other discipline, architecture has the ability to shape and define the way we see the world around us and his passion is to improve lives through architecture and design – and to have fun while doing so.
Matthew joined Utile in 2016 after completing his Master of Architecture and Bachelor of Science in Architecture at Northeastern University. His thesis looked at urban housing—more specifically, accessory dwelling units and their applicability to Boston’s own housing shortage. His design interests at school also included data visualization and web design. Previous to Utile, Matthew worked as an intern in New York City for Brisbin, Brook, and Beynon on the renovations on Madison Square Garden.
Currently, he is working on the Union Point Town Center Apartments, which transforms an old air strip in Weymouth into mixed-use residential. Outside of the office, you can find him playing ice hockey, softball, and tinkering with various computer-related projects.
Randy joined Utile in 2017 as a designer after receiving his BFA in Architecture from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. There, he served as their AIAS chapter president and was awarded the Alpha Rho Chi medal.
His thesis project explored collisions between the analog and the digital through a study of discursive imagery and narrative structures – culminating in the proposal for a speculative infrastructure that bridges old and new.
While in school, Randy worked at the Center for Design Engagement – a nonprofit architecture & design resource center in Holyoke, MA that thrives on community, bottom-up design. He comes to Utile with experience working on public art, installation, and urban design + planning projects.
Randy was born in Singapore and has family roots in Vietnam. He has a passion for sailing, drawing, and music.
Alexander Davis joined Utile in 2012 as an architectural and urban designer. He has been involved in many of the firm’s urban design and planning projects, including the Northampton Roundhouse Planning Study, the Candleworks Hotel in New Bedford, the D Street and Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC) Master Plan in South Boston, the BCEC Future Use Garage, and Al Maryah Island in Abu Dhabi. He is currently the project manager for a 34-unit affordable housing development located at 242 Spencer Avenue in Chelsea, MA.
Prior to joining Utile, Alexander received his Master of Architecture from Northeastern University, where his graduate thesis focused on the reintroduction of density within affordable and market-rate housing. He subsequently worked at firms across New England, including as a craftsman in the Architecture Resources Cambridge model shop, an Intern for Joan Heaton Architects, a Bristol Vermont firm specializing in contemporary-vernacular homes, and as a designer for Mackenzie Architects in Burlington, VT specializing in multifamily, multi-generational housing.
He was born and raised in Vermont, and as a result enjoys hiking, Bank Barn sighting, and the liberal use of maple syrup. Alexander lives in Lynn with his wife, mischievous Beagle, and energetic Labrador Retriever in a 1920s Cape Cod style house.
Sarah Dunbar joined Utile in November 2016 as an architectural designer. She has a BA from Oberlin College where she studied Studio Art and East Asian Studies and an M.Arch from MIT.
Sarah previously worked at Sasaki Associates in Watertown and NADAAA in Boston. While at Sasaki, she worked on several large residence halls, at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas, University of Rhode Island, and others. She also worked extensively on the development and detailing of the façade for the award winning Bruce C Bolling building in Dudley Square, Boston. At NADAAA, she was a lead designer on the Rock Creek House, which has been recognized with several awards nationally and locally.
Sarah enjoys working on projects at all phases and scales and believes that design intelligence can be applied to the most modest as well as extravagant projects. She has taught studios at RISD and the BAC and served as a visiting critic at several Boston area schools. She lives in Somerville, MA with her husband and son.
Pamela joined Utile in 2017 as an architectural designer. She brings several years of experience in a wide range of projects, specifically corporate interiors. She received her Master of Architecture degree from Northeastern University in 2012, where her graduate thesis focused on studying and densifying affordable housing in South Boston. While a student at Northeastern, she participated in a study-abroad architecture program in Rome as well as two co-ops: one in Berlin working for Adjaye Associates and another at Utile (she’s so excited to be back!). After receiving her master’s, Pamela worked at TPG Architecture in NYC and Dyer Brown Architects in Boston. Both provided a breadth of opportunities designing and managing various project types ranging from small interventions to multi floor high-end renovations.
Pamela is originally from New Jersey, but spent much of her youth changing cities. She lived in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Florida prior to moving to Boston to attend Northeastern. She is now happy to call New England her home and settled in Newton, MA with her husband. She enjoys traveling, photography, and the Investigation Discovery channel.
Jonathan Evans is an architectural and urban designer at Utile. His recent work at Utile includes the Al Maryah Island design guidelines in Abu Dhabi as well as multi-family housing projects. Previously, while with Stull and Lee Architects, Jonathan managed architectural and urban design projects including the Hill District Master Plan for Pittsburgh, the Mount Vernon Master Plan (New York), and several urban scale housing projects.
Born and raised in New York City, Jonathan earned a B.S. in architecture from the University of Virginia and graduated with a M.Arch from the Harvard Graduate School of Design where he was awarded the Alpha Rho Chi Medal. He was a co-founder and principal instructor for a design program at Harvard geared to Boston area high school students and is currently a lecturer at Northeastern University and faculty in the practice department at the Boston Architectural College.
AIA, LEED AP
Jeff Geisinger is an architect committed to climate-responsive design, particularly the integration of energy and daylight modeling in the design process. Prior to joining Utile, Jeff worked for Ennead Architects in New York and Guillermo Vazquez Consuegra in Seville, Spain. He holds a B.Arch from Rice University and a Master of Science from the Building Technology Program at MIT. Jeff is a lecturer at Rhode Island School of Design, where he teaches courses on environmental building performance. In his spare time, Jeff enjoys biking around the city and hosting a show on WMBR, MIT’s radio station.
Steven joined Utile in 2014 as an architectural designer. His experience while at the firm has spanned a wide range of project types, including mixed-use residential, institutional, master planning, and corporate interiors. He is currently managing an office expansion for a global search engine company based in Kendall Square in Cambridge, MA. Steven served on the project team for 26 West Broadway, a 31-unit mixed-use development in South Boston, and Girard at 600 Harrison Ave., a 160-apartment mixed-use building in the South End.
A New Jersey native, Steven earned his Master of Architecture at Northeastern University. His thesis, in collaboration with the firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, explored an analytical approach to designing tall office towers. He attended the University of Massachusetts Amherst where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts, majoring in Architecture and Design with a concentration in Building and Construction Technology.
Steven embraces the interdisciplinary nature of the profession, with peripheral interests and skills which include data visualization, parametric design, and rapid prototyping.
Ben Greer joined Utile in 2013 as an architectural designer. He has worked on diverse number of projects, including a 160-unit apartment building in Boston’s South End and a 300-unit transit oriented mixed use development in Jamaica Plain. Although having a primary focus on urban mixed use housing, Ben has worked on institutional projects like Boston City Hal Lighting and the Jamaica Plain Branch Library, as well as larger planning projects in Lower Roxbury and Somerville.
Prior to joining Utile, Ben studied architecture at Northeastern University where he won the school’s annual design award his junior and senior year as well as received Northeastern’s RISE Medal for his work on coastal urban development. His independent work during this time has also received notoriety, including an award from the Boston Society of Architects for a multigenerational housing proposal for Sargent’s Wharf in Boston’s North End.
Adam joined Utile in 2017 as an urban designer after earning his Master of Architecture in Urban Design degree with distinction from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, where he won the Award for Excellence in Urban Design. While at the GSD he was involved with the Harvard-Mellon Urban Initiative, an interdisciplinary, multi-city urban research group for which he studied Istanbul and Berlin. He also worked with Joan Busquets on the fall 2016 exhibition New Issues for the Future of the City, which highlighted contemporary best practices in urban design through a comparison between the primary case study of Barcelona and a collection of projects from around the world.
Adam previously worked as a designer in Boston and Istanbul on projects across the scalar spectrum, including master plans, buildings, exhibitions, and mobile apps. He briefly lived in Doha while researching the architectural and urban development of the Qatari capital. Adam is continuously researching and writing, and has authored or co-authored a number of short essays for journals and magazines including Architectural Design and CLOG.
Kyle was born in Seoul, South Korea and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Kyle moved to Boston to attend Northeastern University where he received his M.Arch. While at Northeastern, Kyle was fortunate enough to participate in studios in Rome, Beijing, and Shanghai.
Kyle joined Utile in the summer of 2013 as an architectural and urban designer. His work includes planning, mapping, and illustrations for the downtowns of several New England cities. Kyle’s particular interests lay in creating clear, concise, and playful graphics to represent architectural and urban planning ideas in a manner digestible to all people indiscriminate of language or expertise.
Prior to joining Utile, Kyle has worked as an architectural and graphic designer in Honolulu, Shanghai, and Boston.
Drew’s professional focus has been on the regeneration of urban environments including district master planning, campus planning, mixed-use communities and Transit Oriented Development, both in the US and abroad. Drew’s interests range in scale from the everyday use of urban spaces to the fundamental role of infrastructure in the city’s form and movement.
At Utile he has been involved with the Mill River District Planning Study, a strategic plan for the future of industrial development in New Haven, and a district master plan Downtown Hartford to include design guidelines, implementation strategies and new zoning.
Prior to joining Utile, Drew was an Associate with Chan Krieger NBBJ, an architecture and urban design firm based in Boston, managing planning and urban design projects at various scales and urban contexts. Before his move to New England he was with the international planning and landscape architecture firm EDAW in Atlanta.
Drew received his Master of City and Regional Planning from the Georgia Institute of Technology and his Bachelor’s of Art in Art History from the University of Georgia.
AIA, LEED GA
Ian Kenney is a designer with Utile, returning to the firm in 2014 after several years working for Elkus Manfredi Architects. He earned his BS in Architecture followed by his Master of Architecture from Northeastern University. He is currently managing the Union Point Town Center Apartments, a 265-unit, mixed-use development located at the former South Weymouth Naval Air Station. A New York native, Ian has worked in both New York City and Boston and enjoys hiking, running, and drawing with ink.
AIA, LEED GA, Associate
Chantel Kocher joined Utile as an architect in 2014. She was born and raised in Pittsburgh and received a Bachelors of Science and Master of Architecture from the University of Cincinnati, where she was awarded the Director’s Choice Award for Design. Her graduate research focused on exploring new learning environments as they relate to interdisciplinary programs. Prior to joining Utile, Chantel worked on a variety of institutional projects while at Ann Beha Architects, including the Cornell University Law School, and the New England Conservatory of Music – Student Life and Performance Center. Chantel is a registered architect in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, holds NCARB certification, and is a LEED Green Associate.
Caroline Kraska joined Utile as an architectural designer in 2016 after receiving her B.S. in Architecture from the University of Virginia. She completed her thesis by investigating the design components that positively impact elementary education, such as sunlight levels. At Utile, she is currently working on the Boston City Hall and Plaza project.
Caroline was born and raised in New Jersey as a Red Sox fan. Before coming to Utile, she worked as an intern of residential architecture at Thomas Baio Architect, P.C. She has an affinity for plants, hiking, coffee shops, and sandwiches.
Emily joined Utile in February 2017 as a designer. She is currently contributing to teams working on a global search engine workplace in Cambridge, MA and a local Boston transit competition.
With a Master’s degree in Interior Architecture and Product Design from Kansas State University, her interests and experience bridge all scales of architecture and design. Her thesis studied the continual displacement of communities in Kansas City, in order to create a new paradigm of housing that challenged the formal and historical ideas of shared and private space. Her studies introduced a love for the design and fabrication of furniture which she continues in spare time.
Prior to joining the firm, her previous professional work included the renovation and expansion of Kansas State University’s architecture building (her alma mater), the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington DC, and Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts. Coming from Kansas City, Emily was actively involved in the art scene, and hopes to find similar opportunity in Boston. Emily lives in Cambridge where she enjoys exploring bagel shops and bookstores, and where her 80-lb dog Mosby takes her for walks along the Charles River.
Kennan is an architectural and urban designer at Utile. She earned both her Bachelor and Master of Architecture with honors from Wentworth Institute of Technology. She also received her Master of Architecture in Urban Design from the Harvard Graduate School of Design where her research concentrated on housing and food insecurity in developing countries.
Prior to joining Utile, Kennan collaborated with various architecture offices in Boston, focusing on district master planning, campus planning, and large-scale cultural projects. As a senior designer at over,under she received the 2013 Unbuilt Honor Award from the Boston Society of Architects for a 600,000 square foot museum in Guatemala. Kennan is an adjunct faculty member at Northeastern University and has also taught at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston and Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok.
Charlotte Lipschitz joined Utile in 2015 as an architectural and urban designer after receiving her Master in Architecture from Harvard Graduate School of Design. Her previous work has combined a focus on community development through large architectural interventions with an interest in craft and innovative material use. Her thesis explored the use of the term “vernacular” in architecture and how it could be redefined to apply to contemporary urban contexts, specifically through a proposal for the development of Karl Marx Allee in Berlin, Germany.
Prior to joining Utile, Charlotte worked at Barkow Leibinger in Berlin, Jonathan Levi Architects, and oversaw the construction of projects in Zambia for Scale Africa, an architecture firm based in New York. After earning a Bachelors in Economics and Public Policy from Brown University, Charlotte spent time working in furniture design for Studio Dunn. At Brown, Charlotte sailed competitively and continues to race in and around Boston in her spare time.
Angela Lufkin is an architectural and urban designer at Utile. She was born and raised in downtown Phoenix, Arizona and maintains a strong affection for her Southwestern roots. In May 2015, Angela graduated Summa Cum Laude from Arizona State University and Barrett, the Honors College with a BSD in Architecture. While there, she won The Design School’s annual Sean Murphy Travel Prize, funding a summer of independent travel through Japan. Her interest in the digital revolution heavily influenced her award-winning undergraduate honors thesis, which proposed a decentralized architectural solution to the issue of modern education reform. Prior to joining Utile, Angela was an intern at Gould Evans’ Phoenix office and worked as a designer for the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts on a facility development project.
John joined Utile in 2016 as an urban planner working on the Envision Cambridge citywide planning project in Cambridge, MA. John received a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies from Vassar College in 2011 and a Master of Urban Planning from the Harvard Graduate School of Design in 2016. In 2014, he was a Fulbright scholar at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland. His research has addressed urban industrial land use in Glasgow and urban planning’s impact on civil unrest in Baltimore.
John was born and raised outside of Baltimore, Maryland. Prior to joining Utile, he worked in Baltimore City government, at landscape architecture and planning firm Mahan Rykiel Associates, and as a freelance web designer. His professional work has ranged from land use policy consultation to the sidewalk construction assessment. Whenever possible, John likes to cook, hike, and make music.
Kara joined Utile in 2014 as marketing director. Her career has focused on marketing professional services for a variety of disciplines, including architecture, engineering, planning, and urban design. She received her Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing from the University of Massachusetts Amherst Isenberg School of Management, with a minor in studio art. In 2001, Kara traveled to Ghana to establish and teach at a new business center in Takoradi-Sekondi as part of the university’s Business Development and Global Citizenship program. She is currently the chair of the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) Boston Membership Committee.
When not hard at work meeting deadlines, Kara enjoys yoga, photography, and attempting to tire out her dog, Wayne Rooney. She lives north of Boston with her husband and daughter.
AIA, LEED AP
Paul joined Utile as a Designer and Project Architect in 2016, and is currently leading the interior design of a new 14-story mixed-use development at 380 Harrison Avenue in Boston’s South End. He previously worked at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and SHoP Architects in New York on large-scale residential, commercial and cultural projects. Paul was a designer on the award-winning Barclays Center, a new arena and civic open space for Brooklyn; 461 Dean Street, a 350-unit modular residential building; Domino Sugar Refinery Masterplan, a mixed-use development with a quarter-mile public waterfront park; and Baccarat Hotel and Residences, a 600-foot mixed-use tower with a public library.
Paul earned the Bachelor of Architecture from Syracuse University where he was awarded the James Britton Memorial Prize for his thesis project. His work has been exhibited at the Center for Architecture in New York City and he has been a contributing author to the Young Architects Forum. He has served as a guest critic for studios at Northeastern University, the Boston Architectural College and Syracuse University’s New York City program. He is a licensed architect in New York State and a member of the Syracuse University Generation Orange Leadership Council.
Nupoor joined Utile in 2015 after receiving her Master of Architecture in Urban Design from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Her work is strongly informed by her upbringing in Mumbai, and lies at the intersection of design, planning, and policy in global cities. At Utile she is currently involved in spatial data analysis and visioning for the Imagine Boston 2030 planning effort.
Following her interest in urban design for the public realm, Nupoor interned with the New York City Department of City Planning (NYC DCP) where she developed NYCSDWK – a policy visualization of city sidewalks as an independent research project. She also conducted research on housing design for aging communities, and fieldwork to study retail corridors and their vulnerability to flood risk. Prior to the GSD, she was an associate with Sameep Padora and Associates (sP+a) in Mumbai where she led design teams on multi-use development projects and residential master plans.
Nupoor studied architecture in Mumbai at Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute for Architecture (KRVIA) where she returned to teach core design studios for first year students in 2012 and 2013. Her most recent experience includes teaching urban design studios for the Career Discovery program at Harvard GSD.
Andrew is an architectural and urban designer at Utile. He received his Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University and Masters of Architecture II from Harvard Graduate School of Design. Prior to joining Utile, Andrew worked for several years in Japan where he collaborated closely with community groups and municipal governments on community revitalization projects. His work ranged from strategic planning and community design workshops to restoration and design-build projects.
Evan joined Utile in 2014. He has been a key team member on a wide range of projects throughout New England, including both affordable and market-rate housing. For non-profit developer VietAID, Evan has been involved with the ongoing 41-unit affordable Bowdoin Street Housing development, and the recently-completed Upper Washington Street Housing, both in Dorchester. He is currently managing the construction of a nine-unit condominium building in the South End.
Evan received his Bachelor of Architecture with a minor in Urban Studies, as well as his Master of Architecture degree from Northeastern University. His thesis work focused on the study of high-rise development in downtown Boston.
When not at the office, Evan can be found walking his dog, Otto, around Somerville with his fiance.
AIA, NCARB, Associate
Maressa Perreault is an architect and project manager with twelve years of experience in a wide range of residential, institutional, and academic projects. Her work has focused on skillfully navigating complex aesthetic and regulatory issues in historically sensitive environments.
She is currently leading the Boston City Hall and Plaza Study master plan and recently completed the Boston City Hall Exterior Lighting project. Previous projects at Utile include the 31-unit mixed-use 26 West Broadway in South Boston and a master plan for the Cranbrook Educational Community in Bloomfield Hills, MI. Prior to joining Utile, Maressa worked at Ann Beha Architects and at Arch11 in Boulder, CO.
Maressa is a registered architect in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In 2013 she was recognized by the BSA as one of the “upcoming generation of female design talent in the city” by the Women in Design: Urban Interventions competition. She received her BA in Studio Art and Architectural History from Middlebury College and her M.Arch. from the University of Virginia, where she was awarded the Faculty Award for Design Excellence. She has served as thesis panel advisor at Boston Architectural College and a visiting design critic at the BAC, Tulane, University of Colorado, Northeastern, and MassArt. Maressa lives in Boston’s South End with her husband in an 1890s rowhouse condo that she designed and renovated after the 2015 snowpocalypse.
Claudia joined Utile in the summer of 2017. She completed her M.Arch at the University of South Florida School of Architecture and Community Design in Spring 2017. During her studies, she was able to participate in the Bartlett Development Planning Unit’s summerLab focusing on affordable housing initiatives in London. For her terminal master’s project, Claudia researched the cultural conditions of contemporary Cuba and translated them into architectural narratives. Prior to joining Utile, she worked with Traction Architecture in Tampa, FL.
Claudia enjoys listening to podcasts, especially 99% Invisible and Imaginary Worlds. She’s an avid reader of National Geographic and all things design. Originally from Cuba and raised in Florida, Claudia is excited to experience a true winter for the first time.
Margaret joined the team at Utile in the summer of 2016 after completing her Master of Architecture at the University of Virginia. A product of the Boston art scene, Margaret studied Art History and Political Science at Tufts University and then worked for the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) in Boston and the Howard Yezerski Gallery. Her research in graduate school focused on the architectural capacities of the ordinary, culminating in a final project on urban life and the front porch. Upon graduation she was recognized for her leadership and service to the school with the Alpha Rho Chi medal.
Margaret is currently working on Utile’s master plan study for the Boston City Hall and Plaza. This project is a return to the politics she studied at Tufts—figuring citizenship and agency within a monument.
Jessica Robertson joined Utile in 2015 as a senior planner. She is the project manager for Envision Cambridge, the ongoing comprehensive plan for the City of Cambridge, which will be completed in late 2018. Jessica also managed the public engagement for the City of Boston’s master plan, Imagine Boston 2030. This first-of-its-kind outreach effort engaged more than 15,000 Bostonians through a variety of innovative methods including workshops, street teams, online mapping tools, text message surveys, social media, and more.
Jessica has served as project manager for several downtown streetscape plans, including plans for Weston Town Center and Everett Square. She manages several current and completed projects in Providence, RI, including an ongoing reuse plan for the iconic Cranston Street Armory, and serving as the on-call urban design consultant for I-195 Redevelopment Commission.
Since 2014 Jessica has served on the Allston I-90 Interchange Task Force, advising MassDOT on the highway redesign project, which would open 90 acres of land, create new transit, walking and biking links, and reconnect two halves of the Allston neighborhood.
Prior to joining Utile, Jessica worked in transportation planning and policy for the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC). She coordinated the regional launch and expansion of the Hubway bike share system, and spearheaded MAPC’s parking practice. She authored policy papers including an analysis of Boston’s 2024 Olympic bid, gubernatorial and mayoral briefing books, and research on transportation finance. Prior to MAPC, Jessica was Program Director for the City of Boston Bicycle Program.
Jessica grew up in Ithaca, NY, and received a Bachelor of Arts in International Development from Brown University. She is a co-founder of CommonWheels Bike Co-Op, a nonprofit providing workshops and free bike repair in Allston, MA.
Nick received his BArch from The University of Oklahoma in 2009 and MArch from The University of Michigan in 2013, where he earned the Henry Adam Award. Prior to Nick joining Utile in 2017, Nick worked for NADAAA in Boston, where he was involved with a range of projects, most notably a mixed use student housing tower for MIT. He has a keen interest in fabrication and has been heavily involved in various large scale installation projects, collaborating on design and fabrication work under the direction of various firms in Oklahoma, Ann Arbor, Boston, Jordan, Germany, and Italy. Although he was born in the plains, Nick spends any free time he has designing and testing backpacking gear in the mountains.
AIA, LEED GA
Allison joined Utile in January 2014 as a designer. Her recent assignments include leading construction administration for the 283-unit, mixed-use MetroMark Apartments at Forest Hills Station in Boston’s Jamaica Plain neighborhood and the design of 380 Harrison Avenue, a 14-story mixed-use development in Boston’s South End.
Allison received her Master of Architecture degree from Northeastern University. Her thesis project focused on the feasibility of Air Rights projects, specifically on the parcels located over I-90 in downtown Boston, which was displayed for several months at the BSA’s Rights of Way: Mobility in the City exhibition.
Allison is originally from upstate New York but often moved around, growing up in The Netherlands and England before settling in Boston.
Domenica Velasco was born and raised in Guayaquil, Ecuador. She moved to the United States to pursue an architecture degree at Syracuse University School of Architecture, where she participated in the New York City and London programs. She was part of the Fabrication Convoy Program studying and researching in the Netherlands, Germany, and Switzerland about concrete and new fabrication technologies. In May 2017, Domenica earned a Bachelor of Architecture and received the James Britton Award for Best Thesis. Her thesis “@the_new_house: An Online-Offline Manifesto” is an investigation to the return of the design of a house as a manifesto, focusing on today’s evolving ways of living. The house of today for tomorrow will strive to represent our virtual “curated” lives in our physical reality, questioning the very perceptions of what a house should be and do.
Domenica joined Utile shortly after graduation as a junior designer. She previously interned at Form Architecture and Interiors in New York, working on residential projects, and Gensler in Chicago, where she primarily worked on The Chicago Old Post Office project. In her free time, Domenica enjoys traveling, cycling, and trying new restaurants.
Heather Williams joined Utile in 2016 as an administrative assistant. After receiving her Bachelors in Supervisory Management with a Minor in Psychology from Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, Heather moved to Boston and briefly worked for Citizen’s Bank. Now with Utile, she will be offering much-need administrative support to the rapidly-growing company.
Heather was the captain of the Western Connecticut State University volleyball team, leading them to the conference title for an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. Originally from Kingston, New York, Heather spends her time exploring her new city, spending time with friends, and attending sporting events.
Katie Wirtz joined Utile in 2016. She grew up in northern Michigan, where she developed a love for wood-framed construction. This led her to the field of architecture. She earned her Bachelor and Master of Architecture from the University of Michigan, where she won the Raoul Wallenberg Traveling Scholarship as an undergraduate, and a Thesis Award as a graduate student. Her past academic and professional experiences have led her to strive for design solutions that are humane and support people in all phases of living.
Katie lives in Jamaica Plain with her husband, where they like to make plans for their yard, home, and city.