Urban Design

Urban environments are as complex as they are simple, reflecting life. By engaging these people—city leaders, business owners, and residents of all ages—we can shape a guiding vision for the future they hope to see. Drawing on our master-planning know-how, we balance these big ideas with practical realities to design beautiful, functional, and resilient environments of any size. Whether planning a campus, neighborhood, or an entire city, the resulting realms are human-scaled and site-specific. And thanks to our interdisciplinary nature, often our work extends to cover all aspects of such projects, from overall planning to interior design.

David Nagahiro, AIA, LEED AP
Principal
Kishore Varanasi, AICP
Principal, Director of Urban Design
David Nagahiro, AIA, LEED AP
Principal

David Nagahiro is a Principal at CBT and has 30 years of experience across a broad spectrum of urban design, architecture, and interior design projects. David has led a number of urban design and complex mixed-use architecture projects that have been catalysts for the revitalization of undeveloped, underutilized, and neglected urban sites. His holistic design sensibility and intuitive thinking at multiple scales brings a comprehensive “vision to practicality” approach to master planning, and his extensive experience leading multidisciplinary teams has resulted in creative and innovative solutions to complex urban design and planning challenges. Recognized for his design excellence, David is also passionate about sustainability in all aspects of design. He is a past Rotch Traveling Scholar, and, in 1999, was one of five recipients honored with the National Young Architects Award from the American Institute of Architects. David received his Bachelor of Architecture from Washington State University and attended the Architectural Studies Program at the Architectural Association School of Architecture, London. 

Kishore Varanasi, AICP
Principal, Director of Urban Design

Kishore Varanasi is an award-winning urban designer, strategist, innovator, teacher, and writer, and brings over 15 years of professional experience in architecture and urban design. The Director of Urban Design at CBT, his work in both the public and private sectors has shaped countless cities and communities locally, nationally, and internationally. Kishore’s innovative contributions stem from his ability to create viable and sustainable mixed-use neighborhoods, converging the interests of residents, government entities, and developers by inspiring creative collaborations and fresh approaches to community building. Honored by the American Institute of Architects and the Urban Land Institute, Kishore’s work embraces emerging societal forces such as climate change, environmental consciousness, the sharing economy, and innovation culture to create an unparalleled quality of urban life. Kishore is a regular critic and teacher at various institutions including MIT, Harvard University, Roger Williams University, Yale University and the Boston Architectural College. He holds a Master of Science in Urbanism from MIT, a Master of Architecture from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a Bachelor of Architecture from the School of Architecture and Planning at Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University in Hyderabad, India.

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CBT Launches New Housing the Hub Website

An innovative online engagement platform, our new website invites community members and civic leaders alike to peruse our robust body of public research, read event recaps, learn about the latest developments in housing innovation from our thought leaders, share their own ideas, and even sign up to stay up-to-date. Read More

CBT Kicks-Off Urban Design Studio at Roger Williams University

CBT is pleased to serve as a Teaching Firm in Residence at Roger Williams University’s School of Architecture, Art and Historic Preservation this winter and spring. Founded in 2007, the Teaching firm in Residence program invites nationally and internationally recognized design firms to develop and instruct a semester-long studio on a topic of their choosing. As part of this unique program, CBT’s principal and director of urban design Kishore Varanasi and senior designer Sae Kim will teach an urban scale studio focused on the design implications and opportunities of the emerging sharing economy.  Read More

Masdar City Phase 2 Master Plan Wins AIA Middle East Design Award

CBT is thrilled to announce that our recently approved Detailed Master Plan for Masdar City Phase 2 has received the American Institute of Architects Middle East’s Design Award in recognition of its leadership in design excellence, urban design and planning. Read More

Seaport M1/M2 Receives Approval

The next phase of development in Seaport Square has received approval from the Boston Civic Design Commission. The development will include three residential towers designed by CBT in collaboration with New York-based KPF and will bring 750 units spanning 1.1 million square feet to parcels M1 and M2, which are located on two blocks between Seaport Boulevard and Congress Street, between B Street and East Service Road. Read More

Mass + Main Approved by Cambridge City Council

After nearly a year of intense preparation and public process, Cambridge City Council adopted the Mass + Main zoning petition on May 18th by a vote of 7-2, with a favorable endorsement from Mayor Maher and the Cambridge City Planning Board. Read More

Government Center Garage Redevelopment Receives AIA National Honor Award for Urban Design

CBT ‘s Government Center Garage Redevelopment plan has received national recognition as a recipient of the 2015 American Institute of Architects’ Honor Award for Regional and Urban Design, the architectural profession’s highest award for excellence in urban design. Read More

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