David P. Manfredi

FAIA, LEED AP

CEO and Founding Principal

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 and one of Boston Magazine’s Most Influential People in 2018, 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.

It has been my distinct honor to have worked closely with David Manfredi in guiding the University of Florida through its campus master planning efforts for the past two years. David is a breath of fresh air in what is often referred to as “the swamp!” He is the consummate mix — an artist, a soothsayer, an intellect, a sage, and a realist. In short, he has enabled us to rethink how we envision our campus, focusing our thoughts not only on the potential of the physical environment, but on the ways in which we deliver world-class education and research in the next half-century. That’s what a visionary does.”

Dr. Charlie Lane

Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, University of Florida

Elizabeth O. Lowrey

FIIDA, RDI

Principal, Director of Interior Architecture

Elizabeth Lowrey is a designer, industry leader and mentor.   She has been responsible for Elkus Manfredi’s interior architecture studio since the firm’s founding and is a part of the firm’s leadership.  In addition, her role in mentoring the next generation of industry professionals and active involvement with charitable organizations has garnered Elizabeth respect and recognition from colleagues and peers.

Elizabeth’s projects range from corporate, hospitality, residential, retail/entertainment, to higher education environments with clients including Walt Disney Imagineering, Publicis Groupe, Boston Consulting Group, New Balance, and Harvard University.

Boutique Design magazine names Elizabeth a “maverick” and “silo buster” for her industry-crossing approach to design diversity and she is widely recognized as a pioneer for a combined approach of workplace strategy and design for office environments to enhance organizational performance and firm culture. Since the pandemic struck, she has worked closely with companies in a wide variety of industries to evaluate their existing workplaces and re-invent them for the new hybrid world of remote/onsite working.

Boston Magazine, for the fourth consecutive year, names her among the 100 Most Influential Bostonians, writing, “…as companies reimagine workspaces, there is perhaps no one more sought after.  Sophisticated, savvy, and creative, her approach will no doubt shape the look of our city in the future.”

Interior Design includes Elizabeth on a list of “20 Inspiring Women who make up the new face of the design industry.” Boston Real Estate Times includes Elizabeth on its list of 10 Outstanding Women in Commercial Real Estate. Elizabeth is a frequent speaker at design and architecture forums, and delivered the 2019 Commencement Address at Massachusetts College of Art and Design.

In recognition of her industry leadership, Elizabeth was inducted into the College of Fellows by the International Interior Design Association, awarded the CoreNet Service Provider Leadership Award, the Suzanne King Public Service Award from CREW Boston and the Real Estate Finance Association’s Annual Distinguished Service Award based on her contributions to the real estate industry.

Elizabeth currently serves on the foundation board of directors of Massachusetts College of Art and Design and is a Member of the Board for Heading Home and Boston’s Real Estate Finance Association.  Her previous involvements include Auburn University’s Interior Architecture Advisory Council, the Young Collectors Night for the Park Armory Winter Show and the Design Museum Foundation.

Elizabeth is a guest columnist for Fast Company, Commercial Observer, Work Design Magazine and Banker & Tradesman and she has been featured in numerous publications including The New York Times, Los Angeles Times and Metropolis.

Elizabeth holds a Bachelor of Interior Architecture from Auburn University and an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from Massachusetts College of Art and Design.

 

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, The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory

John H. Martin

FAIA, LEED AP

Principal

John H. Martin is an architect, industry leader and mentor.   His involvement with the design direction and intent on projects, his shared stewardship of the firm and his role in mentoring the next generation of industry professionals has garnered John respect and recognition from colleagues and peers.

As a Principal at Elkus Manfredi Architects, John works at the forefront of design for science & technology and higher education projects across the country.  Focused on high performance and sustainable design, his work is informed by his unique combination of technical precision, appreciation of context, and broad understanding of real estate issues. He emphasizes a holistic approach that synthesizes his training in both architecture and engineering.

A recent career achievement includes being inducted into the American Institute of Architects’ College of Fellows.  John was an early adopter of LEED and sustainable building practices and he is recognized for advancing the field towards user-focused, environmentally responsible and socially just architecture.

John 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 and break down barriers to achieve inclusive environments.

John volunteers his time with industry organizations which focus on real estate and civic and community issues.  He was invited to participate in the Boston Society for Architecture’s task force to address, recommend and help institute DE&I industry initiatives. He is an active member of the Society for College and University Planning, NAIOP, and the Urban Land Institute’s Housing & Economic Development Council.  Involvement with the Newtonville Historic District Commission and North Carolina State University’s College of Design Leadership Council aligns John’s career interests with his local community and with his alma mater.

John is a guest columnist for Fast Company, CoreNet’s The Leader, Banker & Tradesman and University World News.  He is often invited to moderate and speak at industry conferences on long range planning, sustainable building, interdisciplinary scientific research, and public-private partnerships for higher education institutions.  John received a Bachelor of Environmental Design in Architecture and a Bachelor of Science in 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

Mark D. Sardegna

AIA, LEED AP

Principal

Mark Sardegna joined Elkus Manfredi Architects in 2004 and has more than 30 years of experience in the design and management of highly complex urban projects from the East Coast to the Pacific Northwest. With a diverse portfolio of projects nationally and internationally that reflects his training as both an architect and a planner, his career has focused on the creation of new mixed-use and urban neighborhoods that reinvigorate underutilized districts into 21st-century mixed-use destinations. He also brings extensive experience in the planning and design of lively innovation districts that support the collaborative imperatives of today’s science and technology.

Mark has managed design teams for projects including New Balance headquarters, training facilities for the Boston Bruins and Boston Celtics, the global headquarters campus for Vertex Pharmaceuticals in Boston’s Innovation District, and the four-million-square-foot life science master plan at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Osborn Triangle and subsequent Six Ten Main development. He is currently leading the planning and design team transforming the Landmark Center — a former Sear’s department store and distribution center in Boston’s historic Fenway neighborhood — into a vibrant social hub offering new retail and residential destinations. Mark has collaborated extensively with The Walt Disney Company on entertainment and retail precincts in Orlando, Paris, Hong Kong, and Shanghai and managed projects for numerous higher education institutions.

Mark graduated from Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Architecture degree. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects and the Boston Society of Architects, and is a LEED Accredited Professional.

Mark possesses a true understanding of the craft and design essential to our particular form of placemaking, which is rooted in the creation and articulation of an overall story. He has seamlessly translated that narrative experience for our ultimate users and guests into the physical and functional realities of each location he has designed for us across the globe. His ability to quickly adapt and respond to evolutions in program, budget, and story has made Mark an invaluable design and problem-solving partner, and his knowledge base of our industries, whether architecture, resort hotels, real estate, master planning, or entertainment, is unparalleled and incredibly insightful.”

David M. Stofcik

Executive Architect, Walt Disney Imagineering

Andrew P. West

AIA

Principal

Andy West has more than 35 years of experience on a range of sophisticated planning and design projects across the country and internationally. Since joining Elkus Manfredi in 1996, he has focused on large urban planning projects for mixed-use developments, as well as the design of buildings that contribute to the revitalization of urban environments. Andy has been responsible for managing some of the firm’s most notable projects, including The Shops and Restaurants at Hudson Yards, a one million-square-foot retail destination in New York City; CityPlace, the award-winning redevelopment of approximately 72 acres in the heart of West Palm Beach recognized by the Urban Land Institute; The Shops at Columbus Circle, the 544,000-square-foot retail/entertainment base of Manhattan’s 2.8 million-square-foot Time Warner Center; and the master plan and design of Al Maryah Island in Abu Dhabi, which includes the award-winning Galleria shopping and entertainment destination, and Al Maryah Central, the 2.4‑million-square-foot mixed-use development to be completed in 2019.

Andy is a graduate of Columbia University, where he has received a Bachelor of Arts in architecture and a Master of Architecture. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects and the Boston Society of Architects.