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BLDUP is pleased to present our list of the top architects in Boston. These firms, most with international presence, have worked on the largest and most high profile projects in the city. Their work is changing the skyline and neighborhoods throughout Boston.

Elkus Manfredi Architects

Elkus Manfredi Architects is a Boston based architectural firm. The company’s principal David Manfredi is a fellow of the American Institute of Architects as was the late Howard Elkus. The company prides itself on working closely with clients to make memorable and enduring places. Their portfolio contains notable projects such as The Hub on Causeway and The St. Regis Residences, Boston.

A rendering of the sure to be iconic sail design of The St. Regis Residences, Boston by the late Howard Elkus.


Gensler is a San Francisco based architectural firm with 48 additional locations across the globe. They have a presence in Asia, Europe, Australia, the Middle East, and the Americas. The firm aims to serve multiple types of industries. The company has worked on notable projects such as Seaport Square and the Hub on Causeway in Boston along with the upcoming major renovations at One Post Office Square.

The new glass facade that will modernize the face of One Post Office Square.

The Architectural Team

For more than 45 years, The Architectural Team has been one of Boston’s leading architecture firm. Based in Chelsea, the company prides itself on achieving client objectives in multiple industries. BLDUP spoke with TAT about what contributes to their success. The firm stated “TAT’s professional culture [that is] built on professional freedom, trust, and an emphasis on collaborative processes, strategic partnerships, and lasting relationships.” TAT’s notable projects in Boston include The Fenway Center whose first phase is under construction now and the luxurious condominium project in Beacon Hill, Archer Residences.

The Penthouse at the Archer Residences.

CambridgeSeven Associates

CambridgeSeven Associates, based in Cambridge specializes in numerous industries such as academic, aquariums, and museums. BLDUP spoke with CambridgeSeven regarding their lauded history. “We have received numerous awards, including the National AIA Firm award, and have practiced throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.”  The firm makes the list for their work on Boston’s newest skyscraper One Dalton.

Exterior rendering of One Dalton.

Pei Cobb Freed & Partners

Pei Cobb Freed & Partners is an internationally recognized top architectural firm based out of New York City. Their work on One Dalton, which is nearing completion, has changed the Boston skyline and brings luxury to new heights.

One of 4 luxurious penthouses at One Dalton, featuring stunning views of The neighboring Prudential Center.

Handel Architects

Handel Architects is a New York City based architecture firm. The company has additional offices in Boston, San Francisco, and Hong Kong. The firm places an emphasis on not only creating exceptional projects but also have its’ projects serve as a driver of urban and social change. The company has a diverse portfolio of projects. Handel has designed Millenium Tower and the finally underway Winthrop Center.

Exterior rendering of Winthrop Center.

CBT Architects

CBT Architects is a Boston based architecture firm with an additional office in Abu Dhabi. The firm aims to create ‘tomorrow’s landmarks’ locally and internationally. The company’s work in Boston includes 121 Seaport, the Avalon at North Station, and Bulfinch Crossing.

The recently completed 121 Seaport.


Founded in 1954, Stantec has a long history of designing with community in mind both in the U.S. and internationally. From their Boston office, Stantec has worked The Exchange South End, Kenmore Square North, and The Beat in Dorchester.  When asked about the work on The Beat, Tamara Roy and Colleen Arria, Principals at Stantec told BLDUP:  “As the former home of the Boston Globe’s printing and operations, The BEAT presents a unique opportunity to repurpose this property for today’s modern workplace needs. Our design team has worked closely with Nordblom Company to create a next-generation office setting that supports collaboration, engagement, and innovation through advanced manufacturing, co-working, and entrepreneurial incubator space. The design will also incorporate wellness offerings with areas featuring healthy food choices and fitness amenities.”

Exterior rendering of The Beat in Dorchester.

Kohn Pedersen Fox

Kohn Pedersen Fox is a New York City based architecture firm. The company has additional offices in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. KPF prides itself on being one of the largest architecture firms in the world. This allows them to service clients in any industry. KPF makes our list as the architect behind EchelonSeaport. BLDUP spoke with KPF about their involvement in changing Boston’s landscape. They believe that  “a major focus of the firm’s recent work has been to heighten the role that large developments play in making urban space.”

The interior courtyard of EchelonSeaport will provide open space for the building and neighborhood.

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