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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Rachelle Hassan Ain

AIA, CPHC®, WELL AP, Associate


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Rachelle joined Utile in 2021 as an Architect & Project Manager, bringing with her a decade of experience in a variety of project types and scales. Rachelle thrives on complex projects that navigate regulatory processes, client needs, and budget while upholding design excellence. Her experience includes new construction, adaptive reuse, planning, programming, and feasibility studies. She currently is managing a range of affordable, highly sustainable, multifamily housing projects, as well as the repositioning of a Boston-area strip mall to a mixed-use urban neighborhood.

Prior to Utile, Rachelle worked at several Boston-based architecture firms including Safdie Architects and Bruner/Cott where she worked on civic and institutional projects. At Bruner/Cott, she was the project architect for the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine, a major community and cultural anchor for the redevelopment of Thompson’s Point in Portland, Maine. She was also the project architect for the Yale Divinity Regenerative Village, a multi-use graduate living development with 155 units on a 19-acre site targeting Living Building Certification.

Rachelle holds an M.Arch from Harvard GSD and Bachelor of Arts from Williams College. She is a certified practitioner for the Passive House Institute US and the International Well Building Institute. She currently co-chairs the Boston and Northeast Chapter of the Carbon Leadership Forum and the BSA’s Women in Design ABX sub-committee.

Rachelle lives in Cambridge with her husband and two children. She is conversant in Egyptian Arabic and French. She enjoys hiking, cooking, and watercolor painting.

Andrea Baena

Director of Urban Design & Planning


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Andrea Baena joined Utile in 2020 as an architectural and urban designer. She has worked extensively at the crossroads of urbanism, business strategy and design research. Andrea has applied her design work across numerous contexts: Colombia, Spain, India, Mexico, France, Brazil, Italy, United States and Chile. Contextual sensibility and stakeholder engagement have always been on the foreground of her work. Andrea is engaged in open public debate at AlCentro Think Tank, where she is Housing and Territory Director. She is also currently teaching the System Dynamics Course within the Master in Strategic Architectural Management at Universidad de los Andes. Prior to joining Utile, she worked as Innovation and Development Director at Contexto Urbano, the largest architecture and urban design firm in Colombia, leading diverse teams in the development of actionable innovation. Andrea was born in Bogotá, Colombia and holds a cum laude BS in Industrial Engineering from Universidad de los Andes. She obtained a Master of Architecture from MIT, where she served as co-chair of Latinx, a student-led initiative connecting with research and practice in Latin America, and received an award for her thesis focused on designing the urban edge bordering the Virgen Swamp in Cartagena, Colombia.

Gabriela Baierle

AIA, NOMA, LEED AP BD+C, Associate Principal, Strategic Practice Manager


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Gabriela is an Associate Principal and the Strategic Practice Manager at Utile, where she treats the practice like a design project. In her role, she works to formalize and advance architectural and planning processes in relation to firm-wide management, strategy, and culture. Prior to joining Utile, Gabriela worked for over ten years as a project architect for academic spaces that ranged from Pre-K to higher education.
Consistently involved with professional organizations in both local and national levels, Gabriela is an outspoken advocate for equity in architecture In 2020, she was honored with the American Institute of Architects Young Architects Award for demonstrating exceptional leadership during her early career. She holds an M.Arch from North Dakota State University School of Design, Architecture, and Art, where she served on the Alumni Advisory Board from 2016 to 2020.
Gabriela is originally from Brazil, and is also a citizen of Italy and the United States. Her story of coming to America was featured in the 2022 book “City Shapers: Stories of Immigrant Designers”, by Graciela Carrillo, Shahad Sadeq, and Yu-Ngok Lo. In her free time, she greatly enjoys learning, dancing, boxing, and making things (including drawings). She lives with her husband in Roslindale, MA. They travel often seeking art and good food.

Julia Barksdale


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Julia originally joined Utile in July 2020 for their second and final co-op through Northeastern University. She has since received her B.S. in Architecture and M.Arch from NU. Julia has served as the Co-Director of Northeastern Freedom by Design from 2019-2022 where they led the design and build of an outdoor playspace for the children of a local shelter in Dorchester, MA. Julia has also served as a the Chair of the National AIAS Mental Health Task Force, and is continuing their work in advocacy at her alma mater by hosting mental health forums and conducting live data visualization about student body wellness. Julia’s previous experience in the field includes being a model maker and designer for William Rawn Associates in Boston, as well as a returning design intern for Mark Finlay Architects in Southport, CT.  She also enjoys rock climbing, Trader Joe’s, Billie Eilish, and cats.

Kyle Belcher



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Kyle joined Utile in March 2016 as an architectural and urban designer. He is a key member of the design team for a mixed-use affordable housing development on Columbus Ave in Jamaica Plain for Urban Edge, as well as for a new mixed-use development at 380 Harrison in the South End for Related Beal. Kyle 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. Kyle is a graduate of the California College of the Arts and Harvard Graduate School Design with a Master of Architecture and Urban Design.

Brett Bentson

AIA, LEED AP, Principal


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Brett has worked with a diverse group of clients ranging from municipalities, to non-profit organizations such as The Possible Project and the Asian Community Development Corporation, to institutions such as Belmont Day School. In the public sector, Brett has led the expansion and complete renovation of two branches of the Boston Public Library in Jamaica Plain and Nubian Square. For independent schools, Brett has managed master plans and building projects for diverse campuses in the Boston area, most recently a makerspace for Belmont Hill School. In the private sector, he has led Girard, a 160-unit apartment building in Boston’s South End and the Neponset, a 28-unit condo building in Quincy. He is currently managing The Quinn, a 14-story mixed-use development at 380 Harrison Avenue, the renovation of the Beacon Hill Hotel and Bistro, a high-rise multifamily project in Boston, and a laboratory building in Somerville.

Kathryn Pakenham Bilgen



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Kathryn joined Utile in 2022 as an architect and project manager, bringing a broad range of design, detailing, and construction administration experience. She is passionate about good design and enjoys a successful collaborative process between the architect, consultants, contractor, and client.

Prior to Utile, Kathryn worked at firms in Boston and New York City. During her six years at Bruner/Cott Architects she worked on a range of project types, including Institutional, educational, mixed-use, and housing. She has also worked at Arrowstreet, Ruhl/Walker Architects, and held internships at William Rawn Associates and Hickox Williams Architects, all in Boston. She spent a brief time in NYC where she worked at Jaklitsch/Gardner Architects on high end retail across the US and internationally.  She brings a valuable set of skills and a holistic design approach to all projects, whether new construction, interiors, renovations, or adaptive reuse.

Kathryn holds an M.Arch from Rice University and undergraduate degree from Northeastern University. She also sits on the Zoning Board of Appeals in her town, Malden, where she resides with her husband and two children. In her free time she enjoys traveling, spending time with nature, and coaching her kid’s soccer teams.

Amy Brassard

Administrative Director


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Amy Brassard is the Administrative Director 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 delights in spending time with her grandson, enjoying weekend brunch and retail therapy with her two daughters, and competing in pool tournaments. Never far from Amy is her copper-colored dog, Penny, who also helps out around the office.

Nick Buehrens

AIA, CPHC®, Associate Principal


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Nick Buehrens is a registered architect and an associate principal at Utile. He leads a diverse range of projects, focusing on affordable, sustainable, multifamily housing for mission-driven organizations. Nick is a Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC) with expertise in building science, systems and energy use. 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 (BAC), 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. CPHC® is a certification mark of Passive House Institute US (PHIUS). Used under license.

Keith Case

AIA, LEED Green Associate, Associate


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Keith joined Utile as an architect in the spring of 2016. He has served on the design team for such projects as the Boston City Hall Lobby Renovation and the new Belmont Day School Barn, a 14,000 square foot indoor athletics fieldhouse with adjoining 13,000 square foot headhouse composed of offices, locker rooms, and classroom spaces. Keith received his Bachelor of Arts in the History of Art and Architecture from Middlebury College and his Master of Architecture from MIT, where he was awarded the Alpha Rho Chi Medal. While at MIT, he was involved in several digital design and fabrication installations as well as more conventional design/build projects in El Salvador and Cambridge. Prior to joining Utile, Keith spent six years at Ruhl Walker Architects in Boston working on residential and institutional projects. He is a registered architect in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and accredited as a LEED Green Associate by the US Green Building Council.

Sofia Castell


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Sofia Castell joined Utile in 2023 after graduating from Harvard University with a Master in Design Studies in Ecologies degree. There, she dedicated her academic research and design projects to sustainability at multiple scales and disciplines. She also served as co-chair of LatinGSD, a student organization focused on design topics relevant to Latin America, and focused her thesis project on discourse on green energy resource extraction in Bolivia. She remains passionate about impact-driven design and its intersection with the environment through the medium of research.

Sofia also holds a Master of Architecture degree from Florida International University, where she actively participated in design charette competitions and produced publications for the school’s exhibitions. Prior to Utile, she spent time interning at Arquitectonica in Miami, where she is from, contributing briefly to the urban design of the city’s prominent Brickell skyline. Sofia enjoys living in Boston for its walkable scale, tranquility, and the experience of changing seasons – it’s the little things.

Jocelyn Chiou


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Jocelyn joined Utile in 2023 as an architectural and urban designer. She holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture with high honors from UC Berkeley and a Master in Architecture from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. Originally from the SF Bay Area, she has grown to appreciate the vernacular architecture and seasonal landscapes of New England.

Jocelyn finds interest in designing systems, zooming in and out when approaching design challenges, and orchestrating the choreography of the city. Prior to working at Utile, Jocelyn worked in both the public and private sectors on a range of urban scale projects. Most recently, she contributed to an artist residency masterplan as a designer at Johnston Marklee and served at SF Public Works as a fellow, envisioning the transformation of leftover freeway plots into vibrant open spaces. In addition to practice, Jocelyn has taught design studios through Harvard’s Design Discovery program and UC Berkeley’s embARC.

Outside of the office, Jocelyn enjoys mobilizing people to run, cycle, and gather for shared meals.

Kevin Chong



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Kevin joined Utile as an architect and urban designer in 2023. He holds simultaneous Bachelor degrees in Architecture and Mathematics with honors from the University of California, Berkeley and a Master in Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, where he was awarded the Peter Rice Fellowship. Born and raised in Hong Kong, Kevin focused his graduate thesis on cultivating urban activation opportunities in large-scale mixed-use developments in his hometown. 

Kevin worked as an architect at several offices prior to joining Utile, including Renzo Piano Building Workshop, Michael Maltzan Architecture, and Heller Manus Architects. Most recently, he was an Associate at Handel Architects and contributed to mixed-use, industrial, and life-science projects in Boston from feasibility studies through construction administration efforts.

In his spare time Kevin is working on becoming a better artist, pianist, and cyclist.

Jack Corriveau



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Since joining Utile in 2017 as an architectural intern, Jack has transitioned to full-time work as a designer in Utile’s Interior Architecture department. He completed both his Bachelor of Science in Architecture with a minor in Urban Design Studies and his Master of Architecture at Northeastern University, during which he was the university’s sole recipient of the 2019 AIA Henry Adams Medal of excellence.Through his prior work at William Rawn Associates in Boston, HDR in Washington, DC, and his current work here at Utile, his hope is to continue his lifelong dream to improve lives through design. As co-chair of Utile’s Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion initiative (JEDI), Jack is one of the many people leading the firm-wide effort in reexamining the role that architects and designers play in improving and valuing the lives of Black, Indigienous, and People of Color, ensuring that our impact on the communities we serve aligns with our commitment to equity and anti-racist design. Through this, he is working toward creating a cross-disciplinary architecture that elicits dialogue, one that engages politics, technology, sustainability, economics, art, and history to generate an equitable and enriching human experience. During his time at Utile, he has otherwise remained focused on Workplace Interiors, contributing to the Autodesk Executive Briefing Center and Workspace Expansions, Cumnock Hall Renovation, and Kendall Square Workspace projects, among others. Born and raised in Columbia, Maryland, Jack now lives in Boston, where he enjoys all forms of cooking and baking, caring for his house plants, and finding new ways to spoil his French Bulldog, Wilbur.

Cyrus Dahmubed

Director of Research


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Cyrus P. Dahmubed joined Utile in 2018 after receiving his Master of Architecture from the School of Architecture at Northeastern University, where he received the Alpha Rho Chi Medal for Service, Leadership, and Merit. While at Northeastern, he served as the President of the school’s chapter of the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS), the founding editor and curator of the graduate colloquium series and publication, Common Ground, and in several other service and teaching positions.  Prior to joining Utile, he worked at Hacin + Associates in Boston’s South End and was the Editor-in-Chief of CRIT, the national journal of the AIAS, for the 2018 term, overseeing the editorial and graphic overhaul of the publication.

His work and research, starting with his undergraduate capstone project at Harvard University, “Defining D.C.: The Separation of City and State” and culminating with his graduate thesis project on the Massachusetts city of Fall River and its historical foundations in granite, focuses on a reading of geology, ecology, anthropology, and etymology as a means of interpreting urban form and architectural design, and translating these into design narratives.

Since the murder of George Floyd in 2020, Cyrus has worked alongside Utile’s Director of People, Culture, & Equity, Tayler Morris, to oversee Utile’s Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) Initiative, which has worked to rebuild the office’s operations and design output into action-oriented tools for anti-racism.

In June of 2021, Cyrus was elected to serve on the Board of the Boston Children’s Chorus, an organization he was a member of as a teen and that remains near and dear to his heart for its mission of advancing social justice through music. He was also selected to serve as a member of NCARB’s 2021 Licensure Candidates Think Tank. He has taught studio and seminar courses at Wentworth Institute of Technology and the Boston Architectural College.

Cyrus is a lifelong resident of the Boston area, apart from brief periods in New York City and Paris, where he enjoys attending design events, exploring the region’s hidden corners and rich landscapes by bike and by foot, spending weekends chopping wood (a favorite pastime), and tending to his many pets and plants, including four chickens.

Alexander Davis

AIA, CPHC®, Associate


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Alexander Davis is registered Architect and an Associate at Utile. He is currently managing 1005 Broadway, a 38-unit mixed-income residential development in Chelsea, MA seeking Passive House Certification, and a 3,500 linear foot infrastructural screening initiative in South Boston, MA. Alexander is a Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC) with a passion for aiding mission-driven organizations in providing sustainable affordable housing. He recently served as project manager for Acadia, a 34-unit affordable housing development in Chelsea, MA, and has been involved in construction documentation for many of the firm’s affordable housing projects. Before his transition to affordable housing, he was involved in a number 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.

Prior to joining Utile in 2012, Alexander received his Master of Architecture from Northeastern University, where his graduate thesis focused on the reintroduction of density within affordable and mixed-income housing. He subsequently worked at firms across New England, including as a craftsman in the Architecture Resources Cambridge model shop, a designer for Mackenzie Architects in Burlington, VT specializing in multifamily, multi-generational housing, and as an Intern for Joan Heaton Architects, a Bristol, VT firm specializing in contemporary-vernacular homes. He was born and raised in Vermont, and as a result enjoys hiking, stream fishing, Bank Barn sighting, and the liberal use of maple syrup. Alexander lives in Burlington, VT with his wife, son, mischievous Beagle, and two energetic Labrador Retrievers. 

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

Katie Dumigan


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Xiaobei McKean Erasmus


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Xiaobei joined Utile in 2023 as a designer, after having previously worked with the firm as a research assistant in 2021. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies and a Master of Architecture from Northeastern University. Xiaobei was born and raised in China, and along with her experiences living in South Africa and Germany, this cultivated her interests in architectural preservation, sustainability, and accessibility. Her passion for spatial equity drove her master’s thesis: a scalable plug-and-play housing scheme that gives design agency to future residents with limited mobility and those aiming to age-in-place.  

Xiaobei has had the opportunity to work on a range of projects conducting research, feasibility studies, and design and documentation for architectural and master planning projects. She has worked on multiple income-restricted housing projects at varying scales in Boston. Notably, she completed the construction documentation for a 63-unit senior housing project in Hyde Park, and worked on the plans for a multi-phase master planning project in Brighton. Xiaobei remains involved in academia through assistant teaching and research. In her free time, she can be found with a quality espresso drink in hand, working on her new hobby as an amateur woodworker, or flying off on a new adventure.

Yang joined Utile in 2023. He received his Master of Architecture from Harvard's Graduate School of Design after obtaining a Bachelor of Architecture in China. His standout project at Harvard, which transformed an 18th-century townhouse into an art center, was nominated for the 2020 Harvard James Templeton Kelley Prize and later won the Architizer A+ Awards in the 'Unbuilt Cultural' category in 2023. Prior to Utile, Yang worked at KPF in New York City, where he contributed to projects spanning supertall towers, luxury retail malls, student housing, and renovations. He approaches design with a focus on sensory experience, advocating for architecture's power to evoke contemplation, ideas, memories, connections, and emotions. Outside of work, Yang's passion extends to his love for cats, particularly enjoying moments spent with his bi-color shorthair cat.

JP Delgado Galdamez

Office Coordinator


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JP Delgado Galdamez joined Utile in February 2022 as the Office/Tech assistant. Born and raised in El Salvador, JP attended Universidad Tecnologica for a few years before relocating to Boston, MA. Before joining Utile, JP spent five years working in housing, as an advocate for homeless elders at Hearth and as an occupancy specialist at the Boston Housing Authority. JP is a local artist and producer, often working with local venues to present exciting and fresh drag and nightlife events. They're an accomplished drag artist, having performed on stages all over New England. When not producing or assisting, JP spends their time with their cats while watching mindless reality TV.

Nuria Gambin


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Nuria joined Utile in 2023 as an Architectural Designer, focusing on housing, educational, and institutional projects. She enjoys pushing the boundaries of design to achieve the perfect balance between functionality, sustainability, and aesthetics.

Originally from Spain, Nuria obtained her undergraduate and Master of Architecture degrees from Alicante University, with a year of exchange studies at ENSA Montpellier in France. After completing her studies, Nuria lived and worked in Lyon, France, for over six years. While there, she designed many new housing, kindergarten, and institutional buildings. Prior to joining Utile, she gained valuable experience during a one-year tenure at Studio Luz in Boston, where she contributed to multiple affordable housing projects in Dorchester.

Her professional journey has taken her across multicultural settings in Spain, France, and the US. Fluent in three languages, Nuria is always eager to expand her knowledge.

Outside of work, she loves to commute by bike, using it as a means to explore the city and its surroundings. In her leisure time, Nuria indulges in her love for travel, savoring delicious cuisine, and spending quality time with her beloved cats.

Jeff Geisinger

AIA, LEED AP, CPHC®, Associate Principal, Director of Sustainable Design


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Jeff Geisinger leads Utile’s building performance and resilience initiatives. As a Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC), he has guided the design of several multifamily projects pursuing Passive House certification. He works intimately with project teams to set sustainability goals from the start and to integrate cost-effective solutions for energy efficiency through in-house energy modeling. Jeff also advances resilience best practices within the firm’s architecture and urban design practice. In 2019, he co-authored the City of Boston’s Coastal Flood Resilience Design Guidelines, which outlines strategies to make buildings more resilient to sea level rise. In addition to project-based work, Jeff leads Utile’s AIA 2030 Commitment benchmarking. Jeff holds a Master of Science from the Building Technology Program at MIT and a B.Arch from Rice University. He is a lecturer at the Rhode Island School of Design’s Department of Architecture, 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 Greenberger



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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.

Satori Greene


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Satori joined Utile in 2023 as a Marketing Specialist. Satori grew up in a cohousing community next to an organic vegetable farm. She studied Global Environments & Sustainability at the University of Virginia, focusing on equity and climate justice. She is inspired by the integration of nature and design, and was fortunate to spend time in Barcelona studying this pairing through Modernisme/Art Nouveau architecture. Her undergrad culminated in a collaborative capstone recommending sustainable and affordable housing in Kingston, Jamaica.

After college, Satori lived and hiked in Colorado while working for a sustainable packaging company. In the packaging world, she promoted circular production and continues to prioritize the concept of "cradle to cradle" across industries. Satori spends her time reading, singing, and making jewelry. She also peppers in work-and-home-stay travel, including working on a homestead farm in Hawaii. She continues to center her life around sustainability and community.

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.

Adam Himes



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Adam joined Utile in 2017 after earning his Master of Architecture in Urban Design with distinction from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, where he won the 2017 Award for Excellence in Urban Design. Before joining Utile he lived and worked in Boston, Doha, and Istanbul on projects across the scalar spectrum, including master plans, buildings, exhibitions, and mobile apps. He has authored or co-authored essays for publications including The Journal of Architecture, International Journal of Islamic Architecture, Architectural Design, and CLOG.

At Utile, Adam was the urban designer for the Eastern Market Neighborhood Framework and Stormwater Management Network Plan, the Buffalo Bayou East Master Plan, and the Malden River Greenway Planning Study, among other planning efforts, before shifting into architectural design for housing. He played a lead role in the concept design for Zero Greenway, a high-rise, mixed-income residential and lab building selected by MassDOT for the development of an air rights parcel over I-93, and is currently managing the construction of a 45-unit, Passive House pre-certified, mass timber residential building in Somerville, MA.

Lisa Hollywood



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Lisa joined Utile as an urban designer in 2020. With experience at a range of design practices, including landscape urbanism and architecture, her work seeks to engage with the social, ecological, and political impacts of design. Prior to Utile, Lisa was an associate at Stoss Landscape Urbanism, managing conceptual master planning projects in Houston, Boston, St. Louis, Abu Dhabi and Riyadh. Two of the projects she worked on at Stoss, the Chouteau Greenway and Masdar Phase 4, have received national design awards. Before her professional experience in urban design, she practiced architecture at KPF and OMA in New York, contributing to built and speculative projects, including the Singha Corporate Headquarters in Bangkok and the Marina Abramovic Institute in New York. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University and a Master of Architecture in Urban Design from Harvard University. She has taught urban design at Harvard’s Design Discovery program and is currently teaching an undergraduate architecture studio at Northeastern University. Lisa has always had a passion for the relationship between place and design, which she attributes to growing up in diverse urban environments such as London, Houston, and Los Angeles.

Chimaobi Izeogu

LEED AP, Associate


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Chimaobi Izeogu joined Utile as an architectural designer in November 2019. Native to southern California, Chimaobi holds a BA in Architecture with concentration in History, Theory, and Criticism from Yale College and a Master of Architecture from the Rice School of Architecture in Houston, TX. While at Rice, Chimaobi participated in the Paris semester abroad program, studying French culture and traveling around Europe in the process. He also served as Co-Editor-in-Chief for PLAT Journal, a student-run, bi-annual publication, across two issues: PLAT 2.5 On the Bias, which explores the role of bias in representation, and PLAT 3.0 Collective Disruption, which mines the inherent opportunity following disaster or crisis to bring about impactful architectural and political change.

Prior to joining Utile, Chimaobi worked with numerous firms across several building typologies, including Epstein Joslin Architects in Cambridge, MA, focusing on performing arts, cultural, and civic endeavors, particularly, the Welcome Center at the Breakers and the Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center. He also worked at RDLR Architects in Houston, TX, specializing in education and community centers, and EYP’s embassy design studio in Albany, NY. Living in Cambridge, Chimaobi enjoys being active, walking and biking around the city during the summer months and playing indoor soccer during the winter.

Petra Jarolimova

AIA, LEED AP, Associate


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Petra joined Utile in 2019 and has over eleven years of experience working on large-scale, mixed-use projects with major residential components such as the 143-unit 35 Hudson Yards in Manhattan and the 332-unit Domino Sugar Site A in Brooklyn, NY. Prior to Utile, Petra worked at Dencityworks Architecture in Brooklyn as the Studio Director running a large-scale multifamily residential project as well as the renovation of a Domino Sugar Factory into Class A office space. Prior to Dencityworks Architecture, Petra worked at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) in New York City as an Associate and Lead Technical Designer on high-rise residential, commercial, and hospitality projects as well as the renovation of a historically and architecturally significant building. Petra is interested in complex projects that include a diverse team and challenging contextual constraints.

Lucy Jaski


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Lucy joined Utile in 2022 as an Administrative Assistant.

Kyle Jonasen

Director of Graphic Design


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Kyle is a designer and Illustrator from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He moved to Boston to attend Northeastern University where he received his Master of Architecture degree. Kyle joined Utile in the summer of 2013 as an architectural and urban designer, where his work included designing publications and graphic communication systems for citywide and transportation plans including Go Boston 2030 and Envision Cambridge, the City’s comprehensive plan. Since his early days at Utile, Kyle’s role has evolved into a full-time graphic and environmental graphic designer. He specializes in creating large-format wall murals for institutional and commercial interiors. When he’s not drawing a squid hanging ten on Hokusai’s Great Wave for the Roxbury Branch library or wall of tools and equipment for The Park School in Brookline, Kyle can be found laying out books, designing posters, animating infographics, and drawing Tinytowns.

Charles Kim


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Originally from Canada, Charles holds a BArch from the University of Waterloo and MArch from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. Prior to joining Utile in 2022, he had the opportunity to work at offices of different scales in cities such as Beijing, Paris, Rotterdam, and New York. His main interest is in how representation can be used as a medium to translate design to be more communicable to a broader audience.

Chantel Kocher

AIA, LEED Green Associate, Associate Principal


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Chantel brings over 10 years of experience to the Utile team. Since 2014, she has broadened the firm’s experience with commercial and institutional clients. Her expertise is in programming and master planning, and she is currently leading the design of a 380,000 square foot corporate interior fit-out in Kendall Square. At Utile, Chantel has worked on a wide range of projects including MIT Samuel Tak Lee Building Renovation, Autodesk Boston, and the Jamaica Plain Branch of the Boston Public Library. 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 Massachusetts, holds NCARB certification, and is a LEED Green Associate.

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 273-unit The Quinn and the 160-unit Girard, both in n 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 and Roxbury Branch of the Boston Public Library renovation. Prior to joining Utile, Michael worked at Machado 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 Downtown Boston Waterfront Municipal Harbor Plan, as well as the design guidelines and zoning for the Rose Kennedy Greenway District. 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 Jordan. Matthew has taught in the graduate architecture program at Northeastern University, and currently teaches a course in Urban Design and sustainable practices at Boston College. He 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.

Eli Kruse Logan



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Eli is an architect with a background in the related fields of archaeology, historic preservation, rustic construction, and community planning. He has applied this experience to projects including institutional and residential renovations, multi-family housing, commercial office, and mixed use developments. 

Prior to joining Utile, he worked at architectural practices in Boston, Chicago, Dallas, and Kansas City. Design efforts therein included a housing proposal featured in the inaugural Chicago Biennial, a preservation plan for the flood-prone Farnsworth House, and award-winning adaptations of two- and three-deckers in Boston.

Eli earned a Master of Architecture from Kansas State University, receiving the collaborative Kremer Thesis Prize upon graduation. He later attended Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, receiving a Master of Architecture II as well as the Appleton Traveling Fellowship. He has since maintained connections to pedagogy by serving as a studio instructor in Harvard’s Design Discovery program and at Northeastern University.

Outside of the office, Eli can be found (slowly) drawing rocks, (slowly) renovating his eighteenth century condo, or (quickly) exploring surrounding Boston neighborhoods dragged along by his dog, Mosby.

Mimi Love



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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 oversaw the recent construction of “The Barn,” a 24,000 square foot building that houses specialty classrooms to support their STEAM program and a Field House. She managed campus master plans for two independent schools; St. Andrew’s School in Austin, TX and The Park School in Brookline, MA. She also served as a consultant to Reed Hilderbrand for the Cranbrook Educational Community Master Plan in Bloomfield Hills, MI. Mimi 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. Several phases of the expansion have been completed. She was the design principal for Autodesk’s office expansion at The Innovation and Design Building in Boston’s Seaport District and was one of the Utile principals who led the Rethink City Hall project for the City of Boston. She completed the redesign of the Boston City Hall lobby as well as 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. She has recently been appointed as a Commissioner for the Boston Civic Design Commission (BCDC).

Tim Love

FAIA, Principal


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Tim Love is the founding principal of Utile, a 65-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 led the team for the Envision Cambridge Citywide Plan. Love is a tenured Associate Professor at 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).

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Anahita Mojahed


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Anahita joined Utile in 2023 as an architectural designer. Responding to the different social and environmental issues facing the built environment has been the focus of Anahita’s architectural career. Having worked in the private and public sector, Anahita’s design process prioritizes community engagement to create social capital. She has completed residential, institutional, and commercial work, including large scale affordable housing master plans, office and research facilities, museums, libraries, and school projects. Prior to Utile, Anahita worked for different firms in Boston and New York, most notably she worked for two years as a Design Coordinator 2 at Stantec. She has worked at Ann Beha Architects, Goshow Architects, the Massachusetts Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance (DCAMM), and ICON Architecture. 

Anahita holds a Master of Architecture from the University of Michigan, where she was the recipient of the Graduate Architecture Thesis Award for Theory/History/Framing, and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture with a Minor in Urban Landscape Studies from Northeastern University. While at Michigan, Anahita worked as a Graduate Student Instructor for several semesters, teaching courses in architectural theory and discourse as well as an interdisciplinary course in architecture and sustainability.

Zoë Taft Mueller



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Zoë joined Utile in 2020 as an urban designer. The range of Zoë’s work experience prior to joining Utile spans multiple regions and sectors—spatial data analysis for energy and telecom companies in the western US states, non-profit community development work in Cleveland, OH, academic consulting for public sector economic development initiatives in Israel and Mexico, public sector urban design review in Boston, and most recently private sector consulting with WRT in their Philadelphia office. This diversity of experience has given her a deep understanding of how social movements and governance structures initiate, activate and animate designs. Her award-winning, multi-disciplinary academic research coupled with her broad work experience has fine-tuned Zoë’s ability to leverage diverse source materials and methodologies in order to deliver compelling arguments. She has a knack for synthesizing qualitative and quantitative research to identify design imperatives and inform targeted action that is deeply rooted in local culture and political context. As part of Utile’s HR & Office Culture JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion) working group, Zoë has formed initiatives to further foster a culture of anti-racist design, co-coordinated the integration of native land acknowledgements, and planned professional development programs. Zoë is committed to challenging the language we use as design and planning professionals so that we may continue to systematically retire terminology with violent, discriminatory and/or harmful origins and associations. She approaches each project with curiosity, humility, and a critical eye to how the project might grow and evolve.

Sam Naylor



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Sam joined Utile in 2022 as a project architect. He has a particular focus on housing, crafting work that maintains a quality of beauty, dignity, and anonymity both from the scale of the bedroom to the block.  Prior to Utile, Sam has worked at Placetailor, where he led the design of affordable and mixed-use multifamily Passive House projects in Boston. Previously, he has worked at Supernormal, NBBJ, Morphosis, Frederick Fisher & Partners, and the Small Center for Collaborative Design. He holds professional architecture degrees from Tulane University with honors and a post-professional design degree from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design with distinction. At Harvard he was awarded a long term travel fellowship to study how cooperative models of property ownership and maintenance can lead to innovative design solutions for collective housing. He recently co-founded a venture on collective housing maintenance at MIT Design X. In addition to practice, Sam has taught design studios on housing at Wentworth Institute of Technology, Harvard’s Design Discovery program, and Boston Architectural College. He was an editor at Open Letters, has been published in Paprika! and Pidgin, and is currently co-editing a publication on national housing design for the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University.

Andrew Ngure



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Andrew joined Utile in 2021 as an Architectural Designer. He recently completed his Master’s degree in Architecture from the Harvard GSD and holds a B.Sc degree in Architecture and Environmental Design from Morgan State University. His master’s Thesis explored the Liminality of Threshold spaces and proposed highly attuned places of transition between different interior territories.  Andrew is originally from Kenya and is interested in the capacity of Architecture to bring people together. As a designer that highly values process, his work reflects a keen understanding of the demands of the human scale and sensitivity to urban contexts. Outside of his professional life, Andrew loves to cook and experiment with different cuisines. As a proud citizen of the world, he also enjoys travelling, reading, and watching movies.
Evan joined Utile in 2021 as an architectural designer. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Lehigh University and his Master in Architecture from Harvard Graduate School of Design, where he developed an affinity for all things odd, bold, and animated. This affinity formed the foundation of his graduate thesis, in which he proposed a new form of “Animate Architecture” based on the exaggerated yet relatable interactions between characters in slapstick animation. He continues to transform particularly odd buildings he encounters into characters through illustration and animation. Prior to joining Utile, Evan worked at TERROIR Architects in Copenhagen and the Los Angeles Design Group as a designer on projects of all scales, from small biennial installations to single-family homes to an international urban planning competition. His interests outside of architecture include playing piano, scouring the internet for new music, and researching the eclectic history of his hometown, St. Louis. He currently lives in Boston with his partner and his grumpy cat George.

Jonathan Palazzolo

AIA, Associate


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Jonathan joined Utile in 2021. Prior to joining the firm, he worked at Rogers Partners Architects + Urban Designers in New York City, and NADAAA in New York City and Boston. He is a registered architect in both the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the State of New York and brings extensive experience in the design of institutional and public realm projects at varying scales. Jonathan received his B.A. and B.Arch. from Rice University in Houston, Texas, where his projects explored the rapidly changing urban conditions of America’s fourth-largest city. 

While at Rogers Partners, Jonathan was the lead designer for a new academic building for the School of Social Sciences at Rice University and a retrofit of a Civil War-era warehouse into a high-tech research and manufacturing facility in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, the office’s first mass timber project. 

Outside of the office, he can be found pleading with his houseplants to stay alive and reacquainting himself with the Boston area after ten years masquerading as a Brooklynite.

Evan Parkinson

AIA, Associate


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Evan is an architect at Utile. He joined the firm in 2014 after receiving his Bachelor of Architecture, as well as his Master of Architecture degree from Northeastern University. His graduate work studied the mechanics of Boston’s approvals process and its effects on underutilized parcels in downtown Boston. Evan is a registered architect in Massachusetts. His interests lay in the social equity of developing sustainable affordable housing. Most recently his projects with the firm include the ongoing design of the 41-unit affordable Bowdoin Street Housing development with non-profit developer VietAID, the construction of a nine-unit condominium building in the South End, and the schematic design for the redevelopment of a property owned by the Portland Housing Authority.

Maressa Perreault

AIA, Associate Principal


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Maressa Perreault is an Associate Principal at Utile. Her work has focused on skillfully navigating complex aesthetic and regulatory issues in historically sensitive environments. She has led a wide range of residential, commercial, institutional, and academic projects at Utile, including the Rethink City Hall master plan and pilot projects for the City of Boston and the historic renovation of United South End Settlements’ 36-48 Rutland Street campus. She also led the the 31-unit multifamily 26 West Broadway in South Boston, Simmons College Library Center for Student Success, and a 17,000 square foot corporate cafeteria in Kendall Square. Prior to joining Utile, Maressa worked at Ann Beha Architects and at Arch11 in Boulder, CO. Maressa received her M.Arch from the University of Virginia, where she was awarded the Faculty Award for Design Excellence, and holds a BA in Studio Art and Architectural History from Middlebury College. 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 teaches the Senior Adaptive Interventions design studio at Wentworth’s School of Architecture and has served as a visiting design critic at MIT, RISD, Tulane, University of Colorado, Northeastern, MassArt, and BAC. Maressa lives in Boston’s South End with her husband and son in an 1890s rowhouse condo that she designed and renovated after the 2015 snowpocalypse.

Claudia Porras



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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. Claudia is originally from Cuba and was raised in Florida.

Alexander Porter

AIA, Director of Architecture


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Alexander Porter brings diverse interests in computation, environmental analysis, fabrication, and cultural theory to his work as an architect at Utile.  His diverse experience includes innovative workspace interiors, inspiring educational spaces, international cultural competitions, and strategic thinking for corporations and institutions.  At Utile, Alexander has worked at multiple scales on projects including the Belmont Hill Makerspace, Fessenden Dining Commons, and several projects at the Kendall Square Workspace. Before joining Utile in 2020, Alexander worked in offices in Boston and New York City including Eisenman Architects, Toshiko Mori Architect, and Höweler + Yoon Architecture. Alexander completed his Bachelor of Arts in both Classical Music and Architecture at Columbia University, and his Master of Architecture with distinction from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, graduating top in his class and receiving the AIA Medal of Honor and the Digital Design Prize for his thesis.  He has continued to explore academic topics in architecture, serving as Utile’s Director of Architecture and as design faculty at institutions including Rhode Island School of Design and the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Alexander lives in Boston, where he enjoys all types of baking, most types of eating, keeping up with the piano, and running agility with his Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Darcy.

Drew Powers


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Drew joined Utile in 2021 as a project manager and brings a passion for smart and forward-thinking design. He earned his Master of Architecture and Bachelor of Architecture from Wentworth Institute of Technology. His thesis sought to explore idea of “the other side of the tracks”—to study how the infrastructure we build can serve as harsh barriers that divide communities along socioeconomic lines. 

Prior to joining Utile, he worked for CUBE 3 where he specialized in the design and construction of multifamily and student-housing projects across the Northeast region. He has overseen residential projects ranging in size from 17–400 units; shepherding them from initial approvals, design and documentation, as well as through construction and occupancy. He designed and managed a 330-unit transit-oriented development in New Rochelle, NY that will open in 2022. 

In addition to his experience in architecture, Drew has a passion for improving the built environment to align with a more sustainable and resilient future. His previous work includes designing thousands of residential solar arrays to help families transition to a sustainable form of energy, as well as managing projects integrating structural expansion joint systems into critical infrastructure across the mid-Atlantic.

Allison Price

Director of Marketing and Communications


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Allison joined Utile in 2022 as the Director of Marketing and Communications where she leads the strategy and content of our business development and project procurement efforts.  A Boston area native, Allison returns to New England by way of New Orleans, where she jointly pursued a Masters in Architecture and Sustainable Real Estate Development at Tulane University. Prior to joining Utile, Allison worked for a variety of architecture firms as a designer before finding her way into marketing. With a wide range of knowledge across the AEC industry, she is passionate about creative storytelling and supporting teams to do their best work. In her free time, she enjoys exploring her College Hill neighborhood in Providence with her family, watching Jeopardy, and doing the NYT crossword puzzle (always with a pen). 

Loren Rapport

AIA, Associate


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Loren designs at the intersection of architecture, infrastructure, and urbanism. She is particularly interested in patterns of mobility and their impact on urban form. Since joining Utile as an urban designer in 2021, she has leveraged her design sensibilities for projects at multiple scales: managing the zoning redesign for Newton’s Village Centers, leading a graphic toolkit for the MBTA that proposes strategies for bus priority implementation, and creating architectural test-fits for sites with diverse urban conditions.

Prior to joining Utile, Loren worked at Safdie Architects for three years, where she contributed to the design and coordination of projects ranging from a large urban development in Singapore, to mixed-use 50-story towers in Israel, as well as an expansion to an art museum campus in Arkansas. She has previously worked at Payette, where she contributed to various life science projects. Loren holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University, and a Master of Architecture in Urban Design with distinction from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Originally from Miami, she eschews driving in favor of exploring Boston on foot, with the occasional scenic bike ride.

Alex Rench



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Alex joined Utile in 2021 with 4 years of experience in Boston designing and managing a number of mixed-use multifamily housing and workspace projects. He has a passion for understanding the details of a project, which has been emphasized in his extensive construction administration work. Seeing how these small pieces all come together from design through final construction and completion has enabled him to process and expand on these ideas for future designs. Prior to moving to and working in Boston, Alex graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY in 2017 where he graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture. As a Vermont native, Alex is not too far from home, where he will frequently escape the busy city life for a quiet weekend to decompress and relax. Outside of work, he can be found researching his next baking challenge, or trying to keep up with his energetic dog Lucy.

Lilit joined Utile in 2019 as a designer. Prior to joining Utile she worked at Jacobs where she worked on large scale workplace interiors projects for leading financial, tech, and biotech clients. Lilit received her Master degree in Interior Architecture at New England School of Art & Design. In her thesis she explored transformational workplace design strategies and activity based working in the age of rising mobility. Her thesis project received Graduate Thesis Design Award. Lilit is an enthusiast of fabrication and maker culture. She taught classes on digital fabrication, Revit, and Dynamo at Boston Architectural College in collaboration with Autodesk BUILD Space. Originally from Armenia, Lilit has a broad experience in studying, living and working internationally including Russia and Eastern Europe. She received Bachelor in Arts at Yerevan State Academy of Arts where she studied industrial and graphic design.

Alessandro Ricciardi

LEED Green Associate


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Alessandro joined Utile in the fall of 2021 as an architectural and urban designer. Since then, he has worked on a wide variety of projects throughout Massachusetts. These projects range in scale from test fits for small affordable housing and mixed-use developments, to comprehensive city-wide visioning plans. As a designer, his role on the projects includes research and analysis, community engagement, formulating contextually appropriate design guidelines, graphic design and representation, and report compilation. Prior to joining Utile, Alessandro completed his BS Arch and Master of Architecture at Northeastern University, where he received the Comprehensive Studio Design and Experiential Design Awards. While there, his thesis project focused on sustainable development of post-industrial spaces in East Boston, ultimately resulting in a neighborhood maker’s space and fabrication lab designed to socially and economically uplift the surrounding community. While in school, he also worked as a design intern at Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects in Manhattan, and as a research and design assistant for Ang Li Projects, where he developed installations for Exhibit Columbus in Indiana, and a Boston Chinatown community project for the public arts organization Now + There. Outside the office, Alessandro enjoys traveling, cooking, taking care of his many plants, and learning about new topics in the fields of science, history, and design.

Sarah Ritchey



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Sarah joined Utile as a designer in March 2020. She received her Bachelor of Architecture with a minor in Art History from Syracuse University in 2018. During her education, Sarah studied internationally in Florence and Zurich and was a founding member and Editor-in-Chief of POSIT, a digital design publication developed by Syracuse Architecture students in 2017. Upon graduation, she was designated as a University Scholar, the highest undergraduate honor bestowed by the university for her academic achievement and independent research. Prior to joining Utile, Sarah was an Architectural Designer at Elkus Manfredi Architects, where she worked on mixed-use waterfront master plans at Port Covington in Baltimore and Water Street Tampa as well as interior renovations at Simmons University in Boston. Sarah has also received numerous awards for independent competition work including Best Architecture Project at the 2017 New York State Green Building Conference, Top 10 Finalist of Ethilis Group’s 2016 WellBuilding 2050 competition, and an honorable mention in the 2019 Archasm Bazaar Istanbul competition. Sarah loves art museums, travelling, and keeping up on the news. You can find her at the latest local gallery opening or wearing large headphones listening to NPR.

Nicole Roach


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Nicole is from New Orleans, Louisiana, and the city's rich architectural history has driven her interest in sustainable, equitable, and practical design. These passions first brought her to Utile in January 2022 for her first Northeastern co-op during which she served as an integral team member on 299 Broadway, a mixed-use residential development designed to transform a block of Somerville’s Winter Hill neighborhood.

In January 2023, she began her second co-op at Annum Architects, where she worked on projects for MIT's Mechanical Engineering Department and the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History. Nicole returned to Utile and the 299 Broadway team in August 2023 while simultaneously wrapping up her final years at Northeastern.

Outside of work, Nicole loves staying active, especially by both instructing and attending cycling classes. You may also find her at the Boston Public Library checking out her latest read.

Allison Savage

AIA, LEED Green Associate, Associate


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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.

Robert Schaffer


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Robert Schaffer is a Master of Architecture graduate from the University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated top of his class while receiving the Alpha Rho Chi Medal for leadership, service, and professional merit. Before coming to the East Coast, he graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a Bachelor of Science degree in Interior Architecture with a certificate in Sustainability. Before joining Utile in 2021, Robert worked on a diverse range of projects at all scales, including national and international commercial competitions. Most recently, he worked in offices such as Rockwell Group in Manhattan, Gensler in Dallas, and ERDMAN in Madison, Wisconsin. 

He has received multiple awards, most notably the Samuel K. Schneidman Fellowship, Warren Powers Laird Award, and a nomination for the KPF Paul Katz Fellowship from the University of Pennsylvania, as well as the Theresa A. Purnitun Top Portfolio Award and Abby Marlatt Scholarship from the University of Wisconsin. In addition, Robert has received the Wisconsin Architects Foundation - Out of State Scholarship and placed 2nd in the Department of Energy’s “Race to Zero” National Design Competition with a team from the University of Wisconsin. Robert’s work has been featured in the University of Pennsylvania’s publication Pressing Matters, Archinect, the Wisconsin Energy Institute, the UWM Report, the Department of Energy, the Ruth Davis Design Gallery, and the NAHR. 

Robert lives in Boston, where he enjoys the endless food possibilities and old city charm. In his spare time he loves getting his hands dirty with fabrication and creative concept art.

Taskina Tareen

AICP, Associate


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Taskina Tareen joined Utile in 2018 as an urban designer and planner. She is passionate about understanding, improving and enhancing places for communities, better connecting relationships between people, buildings, public realm, and ecological systems. She is extensively involved with Utile’s comprehensive citywide and district-scale planning projects including managing PlanBeverly (adopted Spring 2021) and Imagine Nashua (adopted Fall 2021). She is currently leading processes for Vision Lynn, the City of Lynn’s first comprehensive planning process and for PLAN:Newmarket, The 21st Century Economy Initiative.  Taskina places a key focus on social justice, equity and context-driven design throughout her work. She is actively involved with Utile’s on-going JEDI Mentorship group, focused on improving internal and external mentorship in the workplace. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Syracuse University and a Masters of City Planning with a focus on city design and development from MIT. Prior to joining Utile, Taskina worked as an architectural designer at Arrowstreet in Downtown Boston. She currently teaches an Urbanism Studio at Northeastern University.

Katie Wirtz

AIA, Associate


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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.

Jessy Yang



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Jessy joined Utile in 2018 as an architectural and urban designer. He has led a diverse range of urban-scale projects that harness private interests for public realm benefits, including the Littleton Common Form-Based Code (incorporated into town law 2021), the Boston Coastal Flood Resilience Design Guidelines and Overlay District (completed 2021), the Harvard Allston Enterprise Research Campus Phase 1 (completed 2022), the Houston Gulfton Affordable Housing Plan (completed 2022), and the Raleigh Dorothea Dix Park Building and Site Analysis (on-going). Jessy is also involved in Utile’s JEDI external mentorship and volunteer initiatives. Jessy holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Rice University and a Master of Architecture in Urban Design from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, where he received the Award for Outstanding Leadership in Urban Design. Prior to Utile, Jessy has worked at CAZA Architects, Machado Silvetti, Asakura Robinson Company, and Page Southerland Page. In addition to practice, Jessy has taught design studios at the Boston Architectural College, Boston College, and is currently teaching an urbanism studio at Northeastern University.

Xiaoran Zhang



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Xiaoran joined Utile in 2021 as an urban designer. She earned her Master of Urban Design from Carnegie Mellon University School of Architecture, and her Bachelor of Engineering in Urban and Rural Planning from Nanjing Tech University in China. Xiaoran explores shaping urban environment in various scales, from community placemaking to city and district sustainable guidelines. As a George W. Anderson, Jr. Award recipient from Carnegie Mellon University School of Architecture, she dived deep into her thesis on cooperative-based community system innovation with a focus on co-housing and public space typology research. Prior to joining Utile, Xiaoran worked closely with communities, and was working as an intern at Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition in Pittsburgh to assist community-based development in practice.

Born and raised in a community with affluent local culture from Xuzhou, China, Xiaoran has a deep-rooted understanding of community engagement and local culture conservation. Powered by interest, Xiaoran is a trained permaculture designer with an interest in volunteering in community gardens and farms. She also enjoys cooking, traveling, and various sports during her free time.