One of the oldest cities in the United States, Boston is experiencing a recent cultural resurgence that can’t be ignored, attracting more visitors than ever before. With a burgeoning tech scene and numerous recent headlines in the world of sports, the capital of New England is becoming more popular than ever before. 

Last year, Boston architecture firms claimed seven spots on Architect Magazine’s Architect 50 list, which ranks firms across the country with a methodology that considers business, sustainability and design.  

If you’re wondering which local architects are receiving national recognition and leading the design industry, look no further. We’ve curated a list of the 15 best architects in Boston, based on professional recognition, expertise and client testimonials. Don’t forget to vote for your favorite Boston architect in the poll below!  

 

 1. Stephanie Horowitz
ZeroEnergy Design ranked among the top three firms in sustainability on Architect Magazine’s 2016 Architect 50. The firm has also been named Best Sustainable Architect in the 2017 Best of Boston Home list and awarded the 2017 Best Energy-Smart Home by Fine Homebuilding Magazine. Managing Director Stephanie has received the Flansburg Young Architects award from the Boston Society of Architects. The Cornell University graduate has had her designs featured in Architectural Record, Design New England and The New York Times.  


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 2. Jean Carroon
A teacher and advocate for creative building reuse and preservation, Jean has been named a LEED Fellow by the U.S. Green Building Council. This reflects both her achievements as a LEED professional and her contributions to the green building community. Jean has also been inducted into the prestigious AIA College of Fellows. As principal at Goody Clancy, she leads the firm’s preservation practice and has been responsible for the restoration or adaptive reuse of a dozen National Historic Landmark buildings. 


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 3. Nader Tehrani
In addition to his role as founding principal of Office dA, Nader is the dean of the Cooper Union’s Irwin S. Chanin’s School of Architecture. He also served four years as the head of the department of architecture at the MIT School of Architecture and Planning. Nader has received many prestigious awards for his work, including the Cooper-Hewitt national design award in architecture, the American Academy of Arts and Letters Architecture Award, and 17 Progressive Architecture Awards from Architect Magazine. 


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 4. Ann M. Beha
Ann’s impressive client list (which includes Princeton University, the U.S. Department of State, and the Smithsonian Institution) is a testament to her talent and achievement as an architect and principal of Ann Beha Architects. If you needed further convincing, you could look to her involvement with and recognition by the design community. Ann is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, and has been honored with the Women in Design Award of Excellence from the Boston Society of Architects. 


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 5. William Rawn Associates
William Rawn Associates held the top spot in Architect Magazine’s inaugural Architect 50 list in 2009, and the firm continues to lead the pack with recognition from Architect Magazine, AIA New England, and the Boston Society of Architects. William founded the nationally reputed firm in 1983 with  a goal of taking on projects of all scales and contexts. A member of the AIA College of Fellows, William is a graduate of Yale College, Harvard Law School, and the MIT School of Architecture. He previously worked as an attorney in Washington D.C.


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 6. James H. Collins, Jr.
A graduate of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (holding BS, B.Arch, and MBA degrees) and a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, Jim has set new standards in both architectural practice and research settings. Valued for his leadership as current principal and president of Payette from 1998 to 2013, he has primarily focused on the ways architecture can support scientific advancement. In 2017, he was an AIA COTE Top Ten recipient and he received the AIA Institute Honor Award for Interior Architecture. 


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 7. Mark A. Hutker
Hutker Architects was awarded Best Architect in Boston Magazine’s Best of Boston Home 2017 rankings. Mark and his team have a passion for residential architecture, creating bespoke homes on Martha’s Vineyard, Cape Cod and throughout Greater New England. A graduate of the University of Cincinnati and AIA Fellow, Mark has published two monographs of his work. He has lectured at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, AIA Custom Residential Architects Network and the Architectural Digest Home Show. 


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 8. Andrea P. Leers
Andrea’s studies at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Fine Arts and her year in Japan as an NEA-Japan U.S. Friendship Commission Fellow shaped her innovative approach to architecture. Co-founder and principal at Leers Weinzapfel Associates, Andrea is internationally recognized for her work in urban and campus design. She is an AIA Fellow and her work has earned her the recognition of the Boston Society of Architects Award of Honor. She is currently the Commissioner for the Mayor’s Boston Civic Design Commission.


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 9. Mike Davis
Mike is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and a LEED Accredited Professional. As the president of Bergmeyer, Mike has created a focus on integrating sustainable design principles in all the firm’s work. He also aims towards being responsive to the challenges of environmental stewardship that come with the architecture profession. Mike is a past president of the Boston Society of Architects, and a Chair of the Board of Trustees of the BSA Foundation. He holds a BS in architecture from Pennsylvania State University and a M.Arch from Yale University.

 

 

 10. David Hacin
David the founding principal and president of Hacin + Associates, and has lectured and taught at the Rhode Island School of Design and at Northeastern University. A native of Geneva, he graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University and earned his M.Arch with distinction from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. In 2010, David was named a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects in 2010. He has been honored for his service with a Mayoral proclamation by the City of Boston and named an Arts Champion by the BCA.  


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 11. Thaddeus Siemasko
Thad’s commitment to understanding his clients’ visions and requirements, along with his extensive experience, has earned Siemasko + Verbridge recognition as Best Architect by Boston Magazine’s Best of Boston Home 2017. The firm has also been named the 2016 Best Contemporary Architect by North Shore Magazine. The hallmark of Thad’s experience are private residences, and his designs are timeless, functional and thoughtfully placed in context with landscape and community. 


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 12. Richard Kobus
Senior principal at Tsoi/Kobus & Associates, Rick offers a rare combination of design and business skills. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, and a founding member and Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Architects. Concurrent with his practice, Rick has held roles as design critic at the Boston Architectural College and teaching fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He was recently named one of Healthcare Design's 25 Most Influential People in Healthcare Design.


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13. Theodore Touloukian
As president and founder of Touloukian Touloukian Inc., Ted fosters an environment that develops innovative and integrated design solutions. He has distinguished himself as a multidisciplinary design leader, and named to Architect Magazine’s 2016 Architect 50 list. 2017 has brought even more recognition to the firm, with Honor Awards for Design Excellence from the Boston Society of Architects and an American Architecture Award from the Chicago Athenaeum.


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 14. Thomas D. Kearns
As president of DSK | Dewing Schmid Kearns, and a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, Tom shepherds the firm’s commitment to thoughtful, beautifully crafted, and timeless design. He has a strong background in higher education and research projects including Harvard’s Innovation Lab, RISD’s campus master plan, and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Tom recently assisted Boston Children’s Hospital with their institutional master plan. He is a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the first expert in residence at Harvard Graduate School of Design. 


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 15. Carol Burns
Carol is an architect, educator, and author with specialized experience in programming, feasibility and master plans. A LEED Accredited Professional and AIA Fellow, she has nationally-recognized expertise in integrating architectural design within its larger site context. As principal of Taylor & Burns Architects, Carol has most recently concentrated on design of buildings and interiors for not-for-profit and community organizations. She is a co-founder of the AIA Women’s Leadership Summit, a semi-annual conference focused on the status of women in the profession.