Our mission is to create common ground that brings people and communities together.

Our Firm

Elkus Manfredi Architects is a full-service design firm providing architecture, master planning, urban design, interior architecture, historic preservation, space planning, and programming. Our diverse portfolio of work includes planning and design for environments of work, living, learning, play, and innovation. We are especially known for our national and international work in mixed-use place-making that fosters community and creative innovation, as well as strategic workplace solutions that engage users and enhance performance.

Design is the process of working closely with clients, consultants, users, and other stakeholders to solve real-world challenges and make memorable, enduring places. Our practice is truly collaborative – we are focused on understanding our clients’ long-term strategic goals and supporting these goals in all assignments.

Elkus Manfredi’s portfolio of work includes a diversity of projects, including collaborative interdisciplinary science and technology hubs, community-building higher education campus plans and facilities, workplace environments that attract and retain talent, vibrant retail and entertainment destinations, welcoming and dynamic residential developments, and leading-edge hospitality experiences. Each of our projects is unique, representing an important statement of the firm’s commitment to design excellence in response to the singular needs of each client.

The planning and design work of Elkus Manfredi Architects is founded on the conviction that the quality of our environment regularly and significantly impacts the quality of our lives. Elkus Manfredi is a member of the US Green Building Council and is a signatory to the AIA 2030 Commitment working toward the goal of carbon-neutral buildings by the year 2030.

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David P. Manfredi

CEO and Founding Principal

FAIA, LEED AP

David Manfredi works with clients across the country on a diverse portfolio of planning and design projects. Deeply committed to the belief that the quality of our environment directly influences the quality of our lives, he effectively advocates for building and protecting vital, sustainable, durable urban places. At every scale, in every context, David’s mission is to create common ground that brings people and communities together. He reinvents tired urban precincts into 21st-century mixed-use environments, the edges of universities from barriers into connective seams with adjacent neighborhoods, underutilized urban areas into diverse innovation districts that support the collaborative imperatives of today’s science and technology, and obsolete manufacturing buildings into repurposed hubs of living and working that reinvigorate the urban core. From The Grove in Los Angeles, to Boston’s revitalized Fenway neighborhood, to New Balance’s health and performance district at Boston Landing, and The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, David’s projects are inventive, inclusive and sustainable. A compelling, sought-after speaker and thought-leader, David presents to business, civic, and professional organizations throughout the country about the value that mindful design brings to the quality of everyday life.

David is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and an active member of the Boston Preservation Alliance, International Council of Shopping Centers, NAIOP, and Urban Land Institute (ULI). He serves on the Boston Civic Design Commission, Northeastern University School of Architecture Advisory Council, the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture Advisory Council, and the ULI Boston Advisory Board. David is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame with Bachelor degrees in both English and Architecture, and the University of Chicago, where he received a Master of Arts.

Elizabeth O. Lowrey

Principal and Director of Interior Architecture

IIDA, RDI

Elizabeth Lowrey has been responsible for Elkus Manfredi’s interior design practice since the firm’s founding in 1988 and a part of the firm’s leadership since being named a Principal in 2002.

The synergy between interior design and architecture at Elkus Manfredi is due to both Elizabeth’s initial prescience and subsequent tenure. Working across the firm’s multiple disciplines, Elizabeth’s oversight for the creation of interiors for corporate, hospitality, residential, retail/entertainment, and higher education environments includes projects for Walt Disney Imagineering, Boston Consulting Group, Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Publicis Groupe, New Balance, and  Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, now part of Marriott International.

Boutique Design names Elizabeth a “maverick” and “silo buster” for her industry-crossing design approach blending corporate, hospitality, and retail design strategies. Interior Design includes her on a list of “20 Inspiring Women who make up the new face of the design industry.” She is widely recognized as a pioneer in the design of branded workplace environments that enhance organizational performance and firm culture. Admired for her sophisticated design eye, business acumen, and skillful management, Elizabeth attributes her success to her collaborative approach with her clients.

Elizabeth is a frequent speaker at design and architecture forums, universities, and business events, and has been featured in publications including The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and Metropolis. She received the CoreNet Service Provider Leadership Award based upon the recommendations of her clients.

She is a member of the editorial advisory board of Contract, a board member of the Design Museum Foundation, a member of the Center for Workplace Innovation, and a Vice Chair of the Young Collectors Night for the Park Avenue Armory Winter Antiques Show. Elizabeth holds a Bachelor of Interior Architecture from Auburn University.

It was clear to me from the beginning of our project redesigning Draper’s headquarters that Elizabeth and I would form a very deep connection because of our shared interest in professionalism and integrity. Whenever we went over to Elkus Manfredi’s offices she was completely prepared. She even anticipated our needs to the point that she’d be halfway to a solution by the time we arrived. With Elizabeth, there are no excuses or unnecessary delays. We came in on time and under budget with the best use of flexible, collaborative space in Boston, if not the East Coast.”

Elizabeth Mora

Chief Administrative Officer, VP for Finance and Administration, Charles Stark Draper Laboratory

John H. Martin

Principal

AIA, LEED AP

An insightful design leader, John Martin works at the forefront of design for science & technology and higher education projects across the country. His work is informed by his unique combination of pragmatic precision, appreciation of context, and broad understanding of real estate issues. With a holistic approach that synthesizes his training in both architecture and engineering, John’s passion for design and his personable leadership style are evidenced by the respect of his colleagues, staff, and clients.

John’s experience ranges from community-scaled master plans for campuses and urban mixed-use developments to building-scaled projects for interdisciplinary science facilities, commercial buildings, and all types of housing on campuses and in cities. He builds and facilitates strong design teams with his singular combination of experience, rigor, and approachability, and is committed to the idea that good planning and design can drive innovation, break down barriers, and build community.

John is active in the American Institute of Architects, the Society for College and University Planning, NAIOP, and the Urban Land Institute, and a frequent speaker on master planning, sustainable building, interdisciplinary scientific research, and public-private partnerships on campus. He received Bachelor degrees in both Environmental Design in Architecture and Civil Engineering from North Carolina State University, and a Master of Architecture from Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

John is unique among architects in that he combines excellent technical design knowledge and skills, but also an appreciation of the economic goals we as developers have for our projects. With this broad perspective, John is one of the best I have seen at helping deliver the highest quality and most efficient design within the budget parameters we establish. He never shies from a challenge, and is never satisfied until he helps our team find the optimum design-development solution. Besides that, he is an absolute pleasure to work with!”

Jeff Jones

Principal, Capstone Development Partners

Boston Magazine Names David Manfredi as One of the “100 Most Influential People”

Elkus Manfredi’s CEO and Founding Principal David Manfredi is recognized alongside several clients and friends of the firm in Boston Magazine’s May 2018 issue. The citation reads, “Nobody is doing more to shape the appearance of Boston, from its campuses to its workplaces to pretty much everywhere else you look.”

Boston Magazine

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Elizabeth Lowrey Named One of “20 Inspiring Women” in Interior Design Magazine

In recognition of International Women’s Day, Interior Design named Elizabeth Lowrey as one of the “20 inspiring women” who make up the new face of the design industry.” Her reaction? “I’m honored and inspired. I share this recognition with all the talented women at Elkus Manfredi and the talented men who collaborate with us.”

Interior Design Magazine

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The Peninsula Chicago is the #2 Hotel in the Country

The Elkus Manfredi designed Peninsula Chicago, a 5-star hotel on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile is ranked #2 for “Best Hotels in the USA” as reported by U.S. News & World Report.

U.S. News & World Report

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Union Point Featured in The New York Times Business Section

The New York Times Business section featured an in-depth report on our Union Point project. The article is filled with comments from LStar Ventures, MIT, General Electric, Optimus Ride, and the Town of Weymouth. “The three towns recognized an opportunity to do something quite extraordinary”, says David Manfredi.

New York Times

 

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Refurbished Emerson Colonial Theatre Future Home to Broadway-Bound Moulin Rouge

Ambassador Theatre Group’s collaboration with Elkus Manfredi Architects and Consigli Contracting Co. on the renovation of Boston’s most storied venue harkens back to the building’s original 1900 design while introducing modern back-of-house technology and efficiencies.

Broadway World

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Suffolk and Publicis Groupe featured in the Boston Globe for workplace design

The new headquarters for both Suffolk and Publicis Groupe are featured in the Boston Globe for workplace design that promotes more face-to-face interactions among employees.

The Boston Globe

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David Manfredi and Andrew West will lead Hudson Yards tour at the AIA National Conference

Hudson Yards New York City continues to be the hot ticket as the hardhat tour for the AIA National conference attendees is sold out. David Manfredi and Andrew West will join other Hudson Yards architects to lead the morning and afternoon tour at the conference on June 22nd.

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The University of Chicago Announces Plans for New Residential Commons

The University of Chicago has announced plans to build a new residential hall and dining commons that will open in the 2020–2021 academic year. Continuing efforts to enhance on-campus housing, the new Woodlawn Residential Commons will be comprised of 11 houses of 1,200 undergraduate students and resident staff, with amenities including lounges, study rooms and outdoor spaces.

World Architecture News

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New York YIMBY reports on 200 Amsterdam

New York YIMBY reports on SJP Properties’ 200 Amsterdam residential project, a 55-story, 669-foot tall contribution to the Manhattan skyline that will be “extremely impressive in its own right.” As editor Nikolai Fedak writes, “The net effect is something contemporary that will nevertheless do a far better job of emulating Art Deco and traditional architecture than much of the surrounding neighborhood that is already built.”

New York YIMBY

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Employees Hold the Key for Great Hospitality Design”, Elizabeth’s Lowrey’s Guest Column in Banker & Tradesman

Elizabeth Lowrey’s guest column in Bankers & Tradesman suggests a co-creation process to hotel developers and that their “Employees Hold the Key to Great Hospitality Design.” Co-creation enlists the users of a workplace to participate in the design process from beginning to end. Early in the process, employees express their emotional relationship to work activities (from “magical” to “collaborative” to “private”) and join with designers to create spaces encouraging the most valuable emotions.

Bankers & Tradesman

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Space International Hotel Design Magazine — 5 min with CT Nguyen

Designer CT Nguyen is profiled in Space International Hotel Design Magazine! “As designers we uncover history and context; we also engage the client to bring us on their journey with their vision, their hopes, and their dreams. “Turn to page 146 for “5 mins with CT.”

Space International Hotel Design Magazine

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Boston Landing featured on Chronicle WCVB Channel 5

Boston Landing was featured on Chronicle WCVB Channel 5. Watch it at the link below.

Chronicle WCVB Channel 5

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Principal Howard Elkus was Recognized Posthumously by Save The Harbor

Howard Elkus was recognized as a Hero for his commitment “to architectural excellence and iconic design that has helped make Boston’s waterfront a great place to live, work and play.”

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Elkus Manfredi Featured in BAC’s Winter 2018 Exhibit

We are proud to be one of the eight design firms who were featured in Boston Architectural College’s ‘Frameworks and Trajectories: Lessons from Design Practice’ winter 2018 exhibit! As an Integrated Path to Architectural Licensure (IPAL) partner of the college, Elkus Manfredi provides guidance, support, and mentorship for students as they work toward their degrees.

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David Manfredi Appointed to Boston Architectural College Board of Trustees

We are proud to share that founding principal David Manfredi was recently appointed to the Boston Architectural College Board of Trustees. David is joined by 20 other significant industry leaders in the fields of Architecture, Real Estate, Development, Engineering, Construction, Design, and more.

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Elkus Manfredi Architects speak at SCUP North Atlantic Conference

The SCUP 2018 North Atlantic Regional Conference was held in Cambridge, and Elkus Manfredi Architects presented lectures on innovative concepts we are currently implementing with two of our projects. John Martin, alongside William Davis of Capstone and Patricia Filippone of UMass Building Authority, presented on University of Massachusetts’ first public-private partnership (P3) which is being achieved with UMASS Boston’s first student housing project. It was standing room only for Maria Schroeder, Mark Sardegna, and MIT Investment Management Company’s Ken Williams’ presentation on MIT’s placemaking efforts on Main Street at the heart of Cambridge’s innovation ecosystem.

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The Innovation and Design Building featured in Boston Magazine

The Innovation and Design Building was featured in Boston Magazine for its transformation from a military waterside warehouse to the City’s hot spot for designers, researchers, makers, and innovators alike. Purchased in 2013 by Jamestown, the IDB is undergoing a $100 million renovation and repositioning by Elkus Manfredi Architects for placemaking and building improvements.

Boston Magazine

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Boston Landing Residence Named

The Boston Landing residential team announced that the new 17-story, 295-unit luxury apartment building will be named “Lantera.” The building is slated to open May 2018, with pre-leasing tours happening in mid-March.

Boston Real Estate Times

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MassDOT Research and Materials Lab achieves LEED gold certification

MassDOT Research and Materials Lab has achieved LEED gold certification for its use of sustainable design features including site development, water savings, energy efficiency, renewable materials selection, and high indoor environmental quality. Congratulations to the design team on this success!

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Emerson Dedicates Room to Architect, Collaborator Howard Elkus

Friends and colleagues gathered as Emerson College and President Lee Pelton dedicated the Howard Elkus Meeting and Dining Room in honor of our Founding Principal. A touching and memorable tribute to Howard and to those he inspired to reinvent and define Emerson’s campus.

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Project

Potamus Trading

  • Office Design

    SBID International Design Awards

  • Finalist – Workspace Interiors

    World Interiors News

  • International Design Excellence Awards – Best Office Design

    Society of British & International Design

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Meriel Marina Bay

  • Best Residential: Multi-Unit

    IIDA New England

  • Winner, Residential: Multi-Unit

    International Interior Design Association – New England Chapter

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CityPlace

  • Superior Achievement in Design & Imaging Award, Best New Center over 1,000,000 sf

    Retail Traffic magazine

  • Award of Excellence large-scale mixed-use

    Urban Land Institute

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Millennium Pharmaceuticals – 35 Landsdowne Street

  • Lab of the Year

    R+D magazine

  • Award for Excellence

    Urban Land Institute

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The Grove

  • Best Commercial Retail Project

    Pacific Coast Builders Conference

  • Gold Nugget Award of Merit

    Pacific Coast Builders Conference

  • Thea Award—Outstanding Achievement Award

    Themed Entertainment Association

  • Superior Achievement in Design & Imaging

    Retail Traffic magazine

  • Best New Shopping Center (400,000–1,000,000 sf)

    International Council of Shopping Centers

  • Award for Excellence

    Urban Land Institute

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Cutler Majestic Theatre

  • Historic Preservation Award

    Boston Society of Architects

  • Preservation Achievement Award

    Boston Preservation Alliance

  • Outstanding Achievement in Preservation

    Massachusetts Historical Commission

  • Outstanding Achievement in Lighting Design

    Illuminating Engineering Society of North America

  • Grand Prize – Building Modernization

    Buildings magazine

  • Outstanding Restoration Project

    League of Historic American Theatres

  • Honor Award

    Boston Society of Architects

  • National Preservation Honor Award

    National Trust for Historic Preservation

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The Shops at Columbus Circle

  • Project of the Year

    New York Construction magazine

  • Best New Privately-Owned Public Space

    New York City Municipal Arts Society

  • Superior Achievement in Design & Imaging – Masterwork Award

    Retail Traffic magazine

  • Award for Excellence

    Urban Land Institute

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Emerson College – Tufte Performance and Production Center

  • Build Massachusetts Merit Award

    Associated General Contractors of Massachusetts

  • Project Team of the Year

    Building Design + Construction magazine

  • Honor Award

    Boston Society of Architects

  • Honor Award for Higher Education Facilities Design

    Boston Society of Architects

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The Ohio State University – South Campus Gateway

  • Excellence in Architectural Design

    AIA Ohio

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InterContinental Boston Hotel and Residences

  • Ten Best New Business Hotels

    Forbes

  • Development of the Year

    American Lodging Investment Summit (ALIS)

  • Best of Boston – Hotel, New

    Boston magazine

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Neiman Marcus – Natick Mall

  • Private Project of the Year ($10–15 million)

    Construction Management Association of America, New England Chapter

  • Retail Store of the Year (First Place) (exteriors 25,000 – 100,000 sf)

    Chain Store Age magazine

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The Eli and Edythe L Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard

  • Lab of the Year Highest Honors

    R+D magazine

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Harvard University Graduate Commons

  • Honor Award for Excellence in Planning for a District or Campus Component

    Society of College and University Planning and AIA Committee on Architecture for Education (SCUP/AIA-CAE)

  • Building Project of the Year

    Construction Management Association of America

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24 Waterway Square

  • Landmark Award for Best Office Project

    Houston Business Journal

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501 Boylston – The Newbry

  • ENERGY STAR® Qualified Building

    United States Environmental Protection Agency

  • The Office Building of the Year – Renovated Building

    BOMA Boston

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501 Boylston – The Newbry

  • The Office Building of the Year – Historical Building

    BOMA Boston

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American Brewery Lofts

  • Best of Year Award Finalist – Eco-Residential

    Interior Design magazine

  • Preservation Achievement Award

    Boston Preservation Alliance

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West End Residences

  • Building of America Award

    Real Estate and Construction Review magazine

  • Pillar Award for Best High-rise Apartment Community

    National Association of Home Builders

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The Market at Pinehills

  • Outstanding Merit (Supermarket / Grocery Store)

    Association for Retail Environments

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Charles/MGH Red Line Station

  • Preservation Achievement Award

    Boston Preservation Alliance

  • Accessible Design Honor Award for Public Architecture

    Boston Society of Architects / Massachusetts Architectural Access Board

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The Americana at Brand

  • Innovative Design and Development of a New Mixed-use Project

    International Council of Shopping Centers US Design and Development Awards

  • Award of Excellence – Mixed-use Development

    California Redevelopment Association

  • Gold Nugget Grand Award

    Pacific Coast Builders Conference

  • Retail Store of the Year – Shopping Centers

    Chain Store Age magazine

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Station Landing

  • Smart Growth Award

    Office for Commonwealth Development

  • Disability Awareness Award

    City of Medford – Commission for Persons with Disabilities

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75SL at Station Landing

  • Best Green Design

    Boston/SF Real Estate Awards

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College Row, Franklin & Marshall College

  • Excellence in Construction Award

    Associated Builders and Contractors, Keystone Chapter

  • Envision Achievement Award

    The Lancaster County Board of Commissioners & The Lancaster County Planning Commission

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The Paramount Center

  • Best of 2010 / Project of the Year – Renovation/Restoration

    New York Construction magazine

  • Building Project of the Year (renovation/modernization less than $100 million)

    Construction Managers Association of America, New England Chapter

  • Preservation Achievement Award – Significant Rehabilitation/Restoration

    Boston Preservation Alliance

  • Honor Award for Design Excellence

    Boston Society of Architects

  • New England Design Award

    American Institute of Architects, New England Chapter

  • Awards of Merit (exterior and interior lighting)

    Illuminating Engineering Society

  • Design Excellence Award (venues)

    Live Design magazine

  • Merit Award

    United States Institute of Theater Technology

  • Paul E Tsongas Award

    Preservation Massachusetts

  • Preservation Honor Award

    National Trust for Historic Preservation

  • Merit Award for Excellence in Architecture for Building Additions or Adaptive Reuse

    Society for College and University Planning and AIA Committee on Architecture for Education (SCUP/AIA-CAE)

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Dassault Systèmes Americas Campus

  • Best Green Practices Design Award

    Boston Business Journal

  • Best New Workplace

    CoreNet Global New England

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Waterstone at Wellesley

  • Excellence Award – Best New Development: Senior Housing

    Multi-Housing News

  • Gold Award – Excellence in Senior Design

    National Association of Home Builders

  • Design and Architecture Award – Assisted Living/Memory Care

    Senior Housing News

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Liberty Wharf

  • Superior Achievement in Design & Imaging – Best New Open-Air Environment

    Retail Traffic magazine

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Liberty Wharf

  • Preservation Achievement Award – New Construction in Harmony with Boston’s Built Environment

    Boston Preservation Alliance

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Happy’s Bar + Kitchen

  • Merit Award for Design – Sit-down Restaurant

    Retail Design Institute

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Las Vegas City Hall

  • Mayor’s Urban Design Award

    City of Las Vegas

  • Merit Award

    Collaboration of Design + Art Awards

  • Project of the Year

    American Public Works Association

  • Finalist, Public Sector Interiors Award

    World Interiors News

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The Galleria on Al Maryah Island

  • Merit Award – Divine Detail

    American Institute of Architects, Middle East Chapter

  • Project of the Year – Best Architecture

    Gulf Cooperation Council, Hospitality & Leisure

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Lambeau Field Stadium Expansion and Renovations

  • Mayor’s Beautification Award; Large Buildings – Remodeling/Additions/Restorations

    City of Green Bay

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50 Post Office Square

  • The Outstanding Building of the Year – Renovated Building

    BOMA Boston

  • Best in Boston Real Estate Award – Historic Renovation

    Boston Business Journal

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150 Second Street

  • Best in Boston Real Estate Award – Best Green Practices

    Boston Business Journal

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Vertex Pharmaceuticals Global Headquarters

  • Best New Workplace – New Construction

    CoreNet Global New England

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Liberty Mutual Insurance Headquarters

  • Award of Excellence for Best Practices – Large Projects

    International Facility Management Association, Boston Chapter

  • Preservation Achievement Award

    Boston Preservation Alliance

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Downtown Allentown

  • Willard G. “Bill” Rouse III Award for Excellence

    Urban Land Institute of Philadelphia

  • Global Award for Excellence

    Urban Land Institute

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The Arlington

  • Best in Boston Real Estate Award – Rehab/Renovation

    Boston Business Journal

  • Preservation Achievement Award

    Boston Preservation Alliance

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3737 Buffalo Speedway

  • Landmark Award – Office Building

    Houston Business Journal

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Van Ness Residences

  • Merit Award for Residential Design

    Boston Society of Landscape Architects

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Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Headquarters

  • Outstanding Leadership Award – Thoughtful and Innovative Workplace Design

    Boston Properties University

  • Merit Award for Renovation/Restoration

    Engineering News Record New England

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Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Headquarters

  • Award of Excellence for Best Practices – Large Projects

    International Facility Management Association, Boston Chapter

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New Balance Headquarters 


  • Best of Year Finalist

    Interior Design magazine

  • Best New Workplace – New Construction

    CoreNet Global New England

  • Building of the Year

    U.S. Green Building Council Massachusetts

  • Best in Massachusetts

    International Interior Design Association – New England Chapter

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Rutgers Academic Building

  • Innovative School Project of the Year

    U.S. Green Building Council – New Jersey

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University of Florida Strategic Development Plan

  • Honor Award for Excellence in Planning for a District or Campus Component

    Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)

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Aloft Boston Seaport

  • Global Design Best Custom Project

    Marriott CONNECT Conference

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The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory – 7th Floor

  • The Edwin F. Guth Memorial Award for Interior Lighting Design

    Illuminating Engineering Society – Boston and Rhode Island Section

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Charles River Associates Headquarters

  • The Edwin F. Guth Memorial Award for Interior Lighting Design

    Illuminating Engineering Society – Boston and Rhode Island Section

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Exelon Headquarters at Harbor Point

  • Best Project – Office/Retail/Mixed-Use

    Engineering News-Record Mid-Atlantic

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Ink Block

  • Best of Year Honoree

    Interior Design magazine

  • Finalist – Residential Development Interiors

    World Interiors News

  • Winner in Interior Design/Residential

    The American Architecture Prize

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The Verb Hotel

  • Innovation Award in Historic Preservation, International Store Design Awards

    Retail Design Institute

  • Best of Year Honoree

    Interior Design magazine

  • Finalist – Boutique/Lifestyle Hotel

    Hospitality Design magazine

  • Best of Boston – Best Boutique Hotel

    Boston magazine

  • Preservation Achievement Award

    Boston Preservation Alliance

  • Winner in Interior Design/Hospitality

    The American Architecture Prize

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University Station

  • Finalist – Mixed-use

    International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) Global Awards – U.S. Design & Development

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Boston Art

  • Best of Year Award Finalist – Small Office

    Interior Design magazine

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Emerson College, 2 Boylston Place

  • Winner, Student Housing

    International Interior Design Association – New England Chapter

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Sojourner Truth Apartments at the Yard

  • Excellence Award – NJ Development Project of the Year

    Urban Land Institute – Northern New Jersey

  • Excellence Award – NJ Development Project of the Year

    Urban Land Institute – Northern New Jersey

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Union Trust Building

  • Longlist Finalist – Workspace Interior Projects, Greater Than 10,000 Square Metres

    World Interiors News

  • Longlist Finalist – Workplace

    World Architecture News

  • Winner in Architectural Design – Restoration & Renovation

    The American Architecture Prize

  • Certificate of Merit – Historic Preservation

    AIA Pittsburgh

  • Reconstruction Awards – Gold

    Building Design + Construction

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Architecture

Planning

  • Master Planning

  • Campus Planning

  • Urban Planning

Strategic Design

  • Workplace Strategy

  • Change Management

  • Employee Engagement

Interior Design

Experiential Graphic Design

  • Branding and brand expression

  • Signage and wayfinding

  • Media and animation

Howard F. Elkus

Founding Principal

FAIA, RIBA, LEED AP

(1938 – 2017)

An internationally acclaimed architect and urban designer, Howard Elkus led the design of game-changing developments and destinations over his career, which spanned more than 50 years. His commitment to designing urban places that create community – he termed these “people places” – was unequaled, as was his dedication to revitalizing cities with a dynamic and authentic blend of old and new. A friend and mentor to many in the architectural community and beyond, Howard brought a sense of joy and rigor to all his work, an infectious exuberance and standard of excellence that inspired each project, each client, and each team he led.

Since co-founding Elkus Manfredi Architects in 1988, and previously as a principal of The Architects Collaborative, Howard’s visionary work consistently broke new ground. As a pioneer of placemaking and sustainable design, he was a transformational figure not only in his adopted city of Boston, where his influence can be seen throughout the built environment, but also in cities and neighborhoods across the country and the globe.

His projects have included the design and planning for the million-square-foot Shops and Restaurants at Hudson Yards; master planning and design for Union Point, the comprehensive “Smart City” south of Boston; master planning and architectural design for Miami Worldcenter, a 27-acre downtown redevelopment that brings the heart of Miami into the 21st century; the Las Vegas City Hall, a signature design that pays homage to the past, present, and future of the city; two 47-story glass residential towers on the Hudson River in Fort Lee, New Jersey; Copley Place in Boston, the flagship prototype for mixed-use urban centers that Howard planned and designed 30 years ago.

Other large-scale mixed-use destinations are equally legendary — The Shops at Columbus Circle at the Time Warner Center in New York City and the world-famous paradigm of new urbanism, CityPlace in West Palm Beach. In addition, Howard created the next generation of transformational mixed-use destinations with the remaking of Boston’s iconic Faneuil Hall Marketplace. His work also included master plans and building designs for major higher education institutions including Harvard, Stanford, and Boston University.

Internationally, Howard led design teams for major mixed-use projects including The Galleria and Al Maryah Central in Abu Dhabi; and major mixed-use planning and design projects in Toronto, Istanbul, and Mexico City.

Howard received a Master of Architecture with Distinction from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University. He was a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, having been the lead designer of the AIA Headquarters in Washington, D.C.; a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects and the Boston Society of Architects; and a LEED Accredited Professional.

Howard was an active member of the Urban Land Institute and the International Council of Shopping Centers; and served on the Board of Trustees of the Boston Architectural College, the National Advisory Board of Old North Foundation, Artists for Humanity, and the International Board of Advisors of HealthBridge Foundation.