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 LeBlanc

AIA, Principal

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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.

Matthew Littell

LEED AP, Principal

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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 in design or 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

Principal

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Mimi Love is a principal at Utile. Her expertise ranges from complicated renovations to new construction projects with challenging programmatic requirements. Mimi led a master plan for Belmont Day School, and is currently overseeing the construction of “The Barn,” a 24,000 square foot building that will house specialty classrooms to support their STEAM program and a Field House. She is currently managing campus master plans for two independent schools; St. Andrew’s School in Austin, TX and The Park School in Brookline, MA. She was recently a consultant to Reed Hilderbrand for the Cranbrook Educational Community Master Plan in Bloomfield Hills, MI.

Mimi also led an urban campus master plan for a global search engine company based in Kendall Square in Cambridge, MA that will eventually occupy a half million square feet of office space. Two phases of the expansion have been completed and Phase 3 is currently underway. She is also the design principal for Autodesk’s office expansion at The Innovation and Design Building in Boston’s Seaport District and is one of the Utile principals leading the Rethink City Hall project for the City of Boston. She recently completed the redesign of the Boston City Hall lobby and is now working on other pilot projects throughout the building.

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.

Tim Love

FAIA, LEED AP, Principal

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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

AIA

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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.

Brett Bentson

AIA, LEED AP, Assoc. Principal

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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

AIA, Associate

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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

Office Manager

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Amy Brassard is the office manager for Utile. She has more than 25 years of experience in a wide range of industries from product analyst in Providence’s Jewelry District to co-owning a pest elimination company. Amy began her career in office management with the Rhode Island law firm Ratcliffe, Burke, Harten & Elias, LLP. She discovered the joy of working with architects and designers when employed by Next Phase Studios in Boston. In 2011 she joined the Utile team and has been a devoted Utilian ever since.

 

With a passion for world history, Amy traveled through Eastern Europe by train to explore historical sites that she had previously only read about. Her adventure brought her many new insights and experiences, as well as a new appreciation for the architecture and public spaces of those foreign cities. Back stateside, Amy and her two daughters enjoy playing pool, weekend brunch, and retail therapy. Never far from Amy is her copper-colored dog, Penny, who also helps out around the office.

Nick Buehrens

AIA, NCARB, Associate

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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 initially joined Utile in 2014 as an office assistant, and is now an architectural designer. He received his M.Arch from the Boston Architectural College in 2017. In his thesis project, Zach explored ways in which the skill sets of designers and architects can be used to create development models, business plans, and impact investment strategies via an adaptive reuse project in which a former power plant in Burlington, VT (his hometown) becomes an economic and social “generator” for the community.

Zach also holds a BFA in music performance from The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, and can often be found playing drums or crate digging for records in his free time.

Keith Case

AIA, LEED GA

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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.

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.

Ben joined Utile in January 2018 to start his first co-op as part of Northeastern University’s architecture program. He is pursuing a degree in architectural design as well as a minor in history. Having just returned from a semester abroad in Berlin, he emphasizes sustainability and urban adaptability in his projects.

Ben enjoys listening to podcasts, particularly those focusing on history, reading, and going to plays and concerts. He grew up in Lenox, MA where he worked as an actor at a theater company specializing in the works of William Shakespeare. He also participated in his school’s robotics team and the golf team.

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

AIA, Associate

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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.

Jeff Geisinger

AIA, LEED AP, CPHC®

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Jeff Geisinger is an architect committed to climate-responsive design, particularly the integration of energy and daylight modeling in the design process. He joined the firm in 2017, and has been involved with residential and institutional projects of varying scales. Jeff recently served as Utile’s sustainable design expert for the team’s entry in the international domestiCITY for an Affordable Atlanta competition, which was awarded the first place prize for its innovative concepts in affordable and sustainable housing design and construction. In January 2018, he completed the Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC®) Training Program through Passive House Institute US (PHIUS).

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.

 

CPHC® is a certification mark of Passive House Institute US (PHIUS). Used under license.

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 Hall 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.

James is a project manager and designer at Utile and brings over 13 years of experience to the team. His projects at the firm include concept design for United South End Settlements, Autodesk Phase II, and Utile’s Office Expansion.

Prior to joining Utile, James worked for Architecture Research Office in New York City. While at ARO, he was responsible for overseeing the Tate Library Renovation at Ethical Culture Fieldston School. James also worked on the strategic program planning for the FDR Four Freedoms Park Visitor Center, the renovation and rehabilitation of TWA Flight Center, the AIA Honor Award-winning Donald Judd Home and Studio, and the Applied Mathematics Building at Brown University – an AIA Design Award-winning design/build project.

James received his Bachelor of Architecture from Syracuse University School of Architecture in 2006. Through rigorous experimentation and investigation, James is interested in creating architecture that unites the conceptual and pragmatic with a strong and coherent vision.

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. At Utile he has been involved with the development of the Brush Park Form-Based Code and the Malden River Greenway Planning Study.

Adam previously worked as a designer in Boston, Doha, and Istanbul on projects across the scalar spectrum, including master plans, buildings, exhibitions, and mobile apps. He is continuously researching and writing, and has authored or co-authored essays for journals and magazines including the International Journal of Islamic Architecture (forthcoming March 2018), 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 Kane

AICP, Associate

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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.

Ian Kenney

AIA, LEED GA

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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.

Chantel Kocher

AIA, LEED GA, Associate Principal

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Chantel Kocher, Associate Principal, brings over 10 years of experience to the Utile team. Since 2014, she has broadened the firms experience with commercial and institutional clients. Her expertise is in programming and master planning, and is currently leading the renovation of the Autodesk 3F Expansion and the design of a 50,000 square foot corporate interior fit-out in Kendall Square.

Receiving a Bachelors of Science and Master of Architecture degree in Architecture from the University of Cincinnati, she was awarded the Director’s Choice Award for her graduate thesis. Her 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 Master Plan, focusing on preserving its historic resources, repurposing existing buildings, and accommodating growth without expanding the campus footprint. She also worked on the New England Conservatory of Music Student Life and Performance Center and the John Hopkins Student Union / Campus Center Feasibility Study.

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, her work has focused on the interior design of multifamily residential developments, including The Mastlight at Union Point in South Weymouth, MetroMark Apartments in Jamaica Plain, and the ongoing 380 Harrison Avenue in Boston’s South End.

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

AIA

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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 McLellan

Marketing Director

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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.

Paul Miller

AIA, LEED AP

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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.

Tayler joined Utile in 2018 as an Office Assistant. After receiving her Bachelors in Political Science and International Studies from Hollins University in Roanoke, VA, Tayler moved to Boston and worked remotely as a customer service agent and was a supervisor for a children’s retail store. Now with Utile, she will be one of the first faces you see at the office.

Tayler spent time travelling and eating her way across Europe and hopes to visit again soon. Originally from the Chicagoland area, Tayler spends her time exploring the East Coast, scooping out new taco spots, and reading the latest sci-fi novels.

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.

Maressa Perreault

AIA, NCARB, Associate

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Maressa Perreault is an architect and project manager with 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 led the Boston City Hall and Plaza Study master plan and 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 is a member of the adjunct faculty at Northeastern University’s School of Architecture and has served as  a visiting design critic at the BAC, Tulane, University of Colorado, Northeastern, the BAC, 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

Associate

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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.

Allison Savage

AIA, LEED GA

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Allison joined Utile in January 2014 as a designer. She was most recently involved with the design of 380 Harrison Avenue, a 14-story mixed-use development in Boston’s South End, and 121 Main Street, a mixed-use rental development in Brockton, MA. She was previously involved with all phases of the 283-unit, mixed-use MetroMark Apartments at Forest Hills Station in Boston’s Jamaica Plain neighborhood, from schematic design through construction administration.

Prior to joining Utile, Allison worked for Abacus Architects + Planners in Boston. She helped design several housing projects, including the Revitalization of Jefferson Park State in Cambridge, MA and a development for Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly in Brookline, MA.

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.

 

Casey joined Utile as an architectural designer in January of 2018, after completing her Bachelor of Architecture at the University of Oregon in 2017. Her thesis project pursued questions of community, equity, and ecology in Portland, Oregon, and explored the Cascadia seismic event as a catalyst for design to develop urban and community resilience in the city and the region.

Before coming to Utile, Casey worked with Yale-Brown Architects in Portland, Oregon on a variety of mixed-use and urban design projects.

Born and raised in the Northwest, Casey is excited about exploring her new home in Boston. She considers herself an accidental beer snob and a food network addict, and in her free time enjoys podcasts that range from politics and policy to culture and design.

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.

Brendan Willis joined Utile in 2018 and is involved with the design of a boutique hotel at 248 Dorchester Avenue in South Boston.

Prior to moving to Boston, he worked in New York City at NAVA, an architecture and real estate development firm, and Gage/Clemenceau Architects. His past projects include 210 Pacific Street, a passive house development in Brooklyn, and 14 White Street in Manhattan.

Brendan earned his Master of Architecture from Washington University in St. Louis with a focus on urban housing prototypes in St. Louis, Barcelona, and Seoul, South Korea. He holds an undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies and Studio Art from Dartmouth College.

Born and raised in Vermont, Brendan enjoys hiking, biking, running and skiing in the Green and White mountains.

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.

Zoe joined Utile in January 2018 for her second co-op through Northeastern University. A fourth year architecture student, she is working toward her Bachelor of Science in Architecture with a minor in History. Through her past work at Northeastern and William Rawn Associates, Zoe has explored architecture through a multi-disciplinary and multi-media lens, combining her passion for illustration and sculpture, sustainability, and social equality.

Born and raised in Salem, Massachusetts, Zoe enjoys traveling, drawing with pen and ink, very strong coffee, and getting lost in museums.

Jessy joined Utile in 2018 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 Outstanding Leadership in Urban Design. At Utile, he is involved with reimagining the future of Dorothea Dix Park in Raleigh, North Carolina. Prior to joining Utile, Jessy worked at the Harvard GSD Office for Urbanization where he conducted design research on the urban adaptation of Miami Beach to climate change and sea level rise.
Prior to joining Utile, Jessy worked at Stan Allen Architects, Machado Silvetti Associates, and CAZA Architects. Having taught summer courses on architecture and urban design at the GSD, he is currently co-teaching a graduate studio at the Boston Architectural College on the integration of typology and topography. Jessy received his Bachelor of Architecture from the Rice University School of Architecture in his hometown Houston, TX.