Leadership

Alfred Wojciechowski, AIA, LEED AP
Principal
Christopher Hill, AIA
Principal
David Nagahiro, AIA, LEED AP
Principal
Lois Goodell, IIDA
Principal, Director of Interior Design
Margaret Deutsch
Principal, Chief Financial Officer
Kishore Varanasi, AICP
Principal, Director of Urban Design
Phil Casey, AIA, LEED AP
Principal
Dave Madson, LEED AP
Principal
Paul Viccica, AIA
Principal
Vickie Alani, AIA
Principal
Ken Lewandowski, RA, LEED AP
Associate Principal
Ellen Perko , AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Associate Principal
Adrian LeBuffe, MCPPO, LEED AP
Associate Principal
Henry Celli, AIA
Associate Principal
Kate Finn, SPHR
Associate Principal, Director of Human Resources
Kent Southard
Associate Principal, Controller
Maren Reepmeyer, AIA, LEED AP
Associate Principal, Director of Asset Strategy
Maureen O'Brien, NCIDQ, LEED AP ID+C
Associate Principal
Mitchell Bush, AIA
Associate Principal
Nirva Fereshetian, CIO
Associate Principal, Chief Information Officer
Noelle Drewicz
Associate Principal
Sae Kim, AIA
Associate Principal
Steve Cockcroft
Associate Principal
David Hancock, AIA, LEED AP
Principal (retired)
Richard Bertman, FAIA Member Emeritus, LEED AP
Co-Founder (retired)
Charles Tseckares, FAIA Member Emeritus
Co-Founder (retired)
Alfred Wojciechowski, AIA, LEED AP
Principal

Alfred Wojciechowski is a Senior Principal at CBT with over 35 years of experience in multi-family residential projects and urban high-rises, as well as single family homes, academic, science, hospitality, civic, and retail design. At all scales, his work incorporates holistic thinking between site, exterior, interior, and environmental considerations. He is involved with projects and clients locally and nationally in locations across Florida, Texas, New York, Pennsylvania and Washington, DC. Alfred is a member of the AIA Large Firm Roundtable, AIA Dean’s Forum, the Boston Society of Architects, a Board Member of Boston’s Back Bay Association and is a LEED-accredited professional. Born in Poland and raised in Canada, Alfred joined CBT in 1985. He holds a Bachelor of Environmental Studies from the University of Manitoba, and a Master of Architecture from the University of Oregon.

Christopher Hill, AIA
Principal

Christopher Hill is a Principal at CBT with over 30 years of experience in architectural and urban design. His experience spans a variety of projects ranging from academic and institutional facilities to mixed-use office and residential complexes. He has guest lectured and spoken on the topic of academic residential hall design at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, ACUHO-I, ERRAPA, NACAS, SCUP, and the AIA National Conference. He has  published articles in Planning, Urban Land, College Planning & Management, and Multi-Family News. He has contributed research to Campus Architecture: Building in the Groves of Academe by Richard P. Dober, The Residential Development Handbook by the Urban Land Institute, and to the 21st Century Project: The Residence Hall of the Future Sponsored by ACUHO-I. Christopher received a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Minnesota with advanced studies in studio art and art history.

David Nagahiro, AIA, LEED AP
Principal

David Nagahiro, Principal and President of CBT, is the driving force and inspiration behind CBT’s vision, design ethos and advancement of practice into the next generation. He leads the firm’s most ground-breaking projects, often resulting in the revitalization of undeveloped and underutilized urban sites which create places and buildings that enrich urban and community life.

David is intimately involved in all aspects of design and is recognized for his tireless pursuit of innovation in professional practice, his insistence on design excellence, and his passion for building strong, sustainable, and resilient places and communities. His passion for the profession is matched by his commitment to the advancement of individuals around him, which makes him an extraordinary agent of change both through his projects and his collaboration with others.

A stalwart supporter of the civic fabric of the community, David serves on the Board of Artists for Humanity, the Board of the Boston Preservation Alliance, and the Editorial Board of Architecture Boston. He is an active collaborator in HubWeek, Boston’s annual innovation festival, and is a leader in pushing the limits of innovation in art, science, and technology.

David holds a Bachelor of Architecture and Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Washington State University and attended the Architectural Studies Program at the AA / Architectural Association School of Architecture, London. He has been the recipient of the National AIA Young Architects Award, and is a past Rotch Traveling Scholar.

 

 

Lois Goodell, IIDA
Principal, Director of Interior Design

Lois Goodell is a recognized leader and visionary in the interior design and planning of a variety of workplace, higher education, retail, and mixed-use spaces. As CBT’s Director of Interior Design at CBT, Lois plays an active leadership role in design, management, and development of the firm's interiors work. She has the ability to design and create environments that are perfectly attuned to the vision, mission, and values of her clients.  Her award-winning work is interdisciplinary, and fosters a closer connection between education and workplace interiors for high tech, institutional, financial, legal, non-profit and large corporate clients, both national and international.

Margaret Deutsch
Principal, Chief Financial Officer

Margaret Deutsch is the Chief Financial Officer and a Principal at CBT. Margaret is responsible for the financial and administrative management of the firm and is the chair of the Executive Board. Margaret, who has over 35 years of experience in architectural firm operations and finance, joined CBT in 1980. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Applied Piano from the New England Conservatory of Music, a degree in English, and a Master of Business Administration in Finance (with high distinction) from the Bentley Graduate School of Business. Responsible for all the firm’s financial and administrative aspects, Margaret participates in local and national business managerial groups and has represented the firm as a past chair of The Advisory Group (TAG), an active committee composed of CFOs, CEOs and COOs among Boston’s largest architectural firms. Additionally, she maintains an active membership in the American Management Institute’s National COO group.

Kishore Varanasi, AICP
Principal, Director of Urban Design

Kishore Varanasi is an urban designer, strategist, and educator who specializes in developing authentic design solutions for cities at all scales that address human connection, social equity, and climate resilience. 

For 25 years, Kishore has worked to shape cities and communities globally through sustainable and holistic solutions in both the public and private sectors. Kishore’s innovative contributions to communities stem from his ability to inspire creative collaborations among individuals, governments, and businesses while simultaneously creating fresh perspectives and approaches to sustainable city-building and living. As a principal and Director of Urban Design at Boston-based CBT, his recent work includes the Masdar City Master Plan, Lincoln Yards in Chicago, the Blueway at the New England Aquarium, Cambridge Crossing, Boston University Master Plan, Suffolk Downs Master Plan, Hudayriyat Island Master Plan, Bhavani Islands Master Plan, The Riverline in Buffalo, NY, and Ghadan 21 Climate Interventions. 

Kishore is a regular critic and teacher at various institutions including MIT, Harvard University, Yale University and the Boston Architectural College (BAC). He serves on the Van Alen Institute Climate Council, BAC’s Board of Trustees, and Boston Harbor Now and Emerald Network Board of Advisors. Kishore's work has been recognized by various awards and organizations including the American Institute of Architects, Rethinking the Future, World Architecture News and Urban Land Institute. He holds a Master of Science in Urbanism from MIT; a Master of Architecture from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; and received his Bachelor of Architecture from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University in Hyderabad, India. 

Phil Casey, AIA, LEED AP
Principal

Phil Casey is a Principal at CBT with over 20 years of professional experience as a Project Executive, having led a wide range of projects with specialization in large scale multi-family residential and commercial mixed-use developments. Most recently, these have included the 38-story Avalon North Station, the 30-story AVA Theater District, and Boston's first LEED-Platinum skyscraper ― the award-winning, 1.2 million-square-foot Atlantic Wharf.  Phil leads many of the firm’s most complex mixed-use projects that have recently reshaped the Seaport, including 121 Seaport Boulevard, EchelonSeaport, and Waterside Place 2. Phil is an active supporter of the United Way and the Citizen’s School, and holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Syracuse University.

Dave Madson, LEED AP
Principal

Dave Madson is a Principal at CBT and has 20 years of professional experience in architectural and interior design. A leader in CBT's Workplace Design Group, his expertise ranges from commercial office spaces and civic buildings to commercial projects. Dave has a deep understanding of client service at every level, which has led to long-standing relationships with many of CBT's valued clients. He brings to each commission innovative design solutions that reflect organizational culture, support core business goals, and encourage efficient and pleasant work. He brings both a technical expertise and creative space use to each project, understands how far an interior environment can be pushed to get the most meaningful results. He is a visiting design critic and thesis advisor at the Boston Architectural College and New England School of Art and Design. Dave received a Bachelor of Architecture from Carnegie Mellon University.

Paul Viccica, AIA
Principal

Paul Viccica is a Principal and a leader in CBT’s Academic Group. Paul has over 20 years of professional experience in project management and design for universities, colleges, preparatory schools, and public institutions including Middlebury College, Northfield Mount Herman, Champlain College and the Middlesex School. Many of his projects involved the preservation or repurposing of historic and architecturally significant buildings. Paul’s work also includes renovation and new construction of civic facilities. He is a member of Historic Salem Inc. and the Preservation Society in Salem, MA, and is former Vice President and Trustee of Hamilton Hall, Salem, MA. Paul has served as guest juror for the Rhode Island School of Design and as a visiting critic for The Catholic University of America. He received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Miami and his Master of Architecture from the University of Virginia.

Vickie Alani, AIA
Principal

Vickie Alani is a Principal at CBT with 30 years of experience in architecture and interior design for projects nationally and internationally. An expert in multi-family residential and hospitality design, Vickie approaches her work with the fluidity and interconnectivity with which people live today. Regarded for her forward-thinking approach and lifestyle expertise, Vickie is a frequent contributor to the larger discourse on changing residential trends and how to design for an evolving culture. A prominent voice in the design community, she has been featured internationally at conferences and in interviews for her industry-leading insight. Augmenting Vickie’s work is her passion for mentorship and cross-discipline collaboration. She received her Bachelor of Architecture and Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design.
 

Ken Lewandowski, RA, LEED AP
Associate Principal

Ken Lewandowski is an Associate Principal and Senior Project Manager at CBT with over 30 years of experience. His established reputation as a meticulous and thorough manager has propelled the successful completion of game-changing CBT projects including Atlantic Wharf, Liberty Mutual’s global headquarters, and now the dramatic redevelopment of Boston’s Government Center Garage into the soaring mixed-use Bulfinch Crossing. Ken is a member of the US Green Building Council and American Institute of Architects, and has served on the Town of Milton’s Business Revitalization Committee and Design/Signage Review Committee. He earned both a Master of Architecture and Bachelor of Science in Architecture degrees from the University of Michigan.

Ellen Perko , AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Associate Principal

Ellen Perko is an Associate Principal at CBT and has over 30 years of experience in a variety of civic and residential projects, with particular expertise in private residential design. An established architect with sustainable design focus, she has a deep understanding of the qualities that make a residence attractive, functional, comfortable, and most importantly, a desirable place to live. In community development and multi-family residential work, Ellen develops design solutions that best respond to a development’s target demographic with the right style, amenities, and unit layouts. Her designs have a human scale and an aesthetic quality is appealing and marketable. Ellen leads CBT’s single-family residential design group and has designed custom homes for a number of repeat clients. Ellen is a sought-after expert in her field, and holds a Master of Architecture from Washington University in St. Louis and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from The Ohio State University.

Adrian LeBuffe, MCPPO, LEED AP
Associate Principal

Adrian LeBuffe is an Associate Principal and Senior Project Manager at CBT. His work ranges from academic and civic facilities to complex residential and mixed-use buildings. Adrian has managed award-winning projects that require highly technical integration from multiple disciplines and which posed several structural and technical design challenges. Adrian holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Carnegie Mellon University and participated in a study abroad exchange program in Lausanne, Switzerland at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne. He is a Thesis Advisor for Suffolk University’s New England School of Art and Design, and has served as a guest juror at RISD, Northeastern, and the BAC. He is the Vice-Chairperson of the Winchester Design Review Committee and an active member of the Winchester Central Business District Sub-Committee.

Henry Celli, AIA
Associate Principal

Henry Celli is an Associate Principal and Senior Architect at CBT with over 20 years of professional experience. He has a particular expertise in technically complex architecture that is human-scaled and environmentally responsible. Henry has served on multiple types of projects, including residential and commercial developments, to large-scale and complex urban projects. Henry is known for developing pragmatic and sustainable solutions for each project and for his creative use of new and emerging technological tools. Henry holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Temple University and a Bachelor of Architecture from the Boston Architectural College.

Kate Finn, SPHR
Associate Principal, Director of Human Resources

Kate Finn is an Associate Principal and the Director of Human Resources at CBT with 15 years of experience. She leads the firm's efforts on all human capital initiatives, enhancing workplace culture, and helping to align staffing with current and future project needs. Kate manages career and professional development, benefits, immigration, as well as talent acquisition. Certified in FIRO‑B, she is also a member of the Society for Human Resource Management, the Northeast Human Resources Association, and the AIA Large Firm Roundtable. Kate holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Management from the University of New Hampshire.

Kent Southard
Associate Principal, Controller

Kent Southard is an Associate Principal and the Controller at CBT with over 13 years of professional experience. He manages and allocates the firm’s financial resources, for both internal budgets and external project based work. Kent oversees staffing and monitors the finances of all ongoing CBT projects, creating a holistic view of the firm’s financial health. Kent holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Suffolk University and a Master of Business Administration from Northeastern University.

Maren Reepmeyer, AIA, LEED AP
Associate Principal, Director of Asset Strategy

Maren Reepmeyer is an architect and Associate Principal at CBT with over 20 years of experience.  She is an expert in strategic adaptation & revitalization, complex project visioning & development, entitlements, and execution through construction.  Specialty areas include Adaptive Reuse and Mixed Use Development across a wide spectrum of scale - covering urban interventions to localized placemaking.  Her projects bring award-winning aesthetic transformation while acknowledging context and historic significance. These contributions provide tremendous value to her clients while bringing meaningful architectural impact to the public realm.  Maren holds a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the University of Minnesota.

Maureen O'Brien, NCIDQ, LEED AP ID+C
Associate Principal

Maureen O’Brien is an Associate Principal and Senior Interior Designer specializing in the creation of luxury and market-rate residential interiors, with experience spanning many other project types. She is a skilled project manager and team leader who places emphasis on both the quality of the design and the quality of the design team. With a sharp business acumen that accompanies her discerning design sense, Maureen is a natural project leader for complex projects. Maureen holds a Master of Interior Design from the Boston Architectural College and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from the University of Massachusetts.

Mitchell Bush, AIA
Associate Principal

Mitchell Bush is a senior designer with particular expertise in urban design/planning and architecture, and the interplay between the two practices. Since joining CBT, Mitch’s professional experience has been devoted to large-scale and complex urban projects, namely the new and highly-sustainable elliptical tower at 121 Seaport Boulevard in Boston’s Innovation District and the redevelopment of the Government Center Garage into Bulfinch Crossing (the latter involves the complete redevelopment of a centrally-located urban parcel into a 2.4-million-square-foot mixed-use destination at the convergence of five significant Boston neighborhoods). Mitch is known for developing pragmatic and elegant solutions, as well as his advancement of the greater discussion around urban development and design. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Florida and a Master of Architecture from Columbia University.

Nirva Fereshetian, CIO
Associate Principal, Chief Information Officer

Nirva Fereshetian is an Associate Principal and the Chief Information Officer at CBT, where she leads the Digital Design Practice Group and is responsible for aligning business technology strategy to meet primary business objectives. She is a highly skilled senior information technology leader, experienced in managing projects and people with an interdisciplinary background in architecture, construction, and technology. She brings capacity to bridge that knowledge to enable informed business decisions and increased productivity. Nirva holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Catholic University and a Masters of Architecture from UCLA.

Noelle Drewicz
Associate Principal

Noelle Drewicz is an Associate Principal and a Senior Designer at CBT with almost 30 years of professional experience. She specializes in top-shelf interior design and project management, and has worked on a wide range of projects, including residential, academic, healthcare, and corporate/commercial. Noelle’s most recent professional focus has been on multi-family luxury residential projects in and beyond Boston, including 345 Harrison Avenue, The Sudbury at Bulfinch Crossing, the award-winning 10 Farnsworth, The Harvey in Charlestown, Armature Works (Washington DC) Twenty | 20 at Cambridge Crossing, and No. 6 Newbury Street. Noelle holds a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from Wentworth Institute of Technology.

Sae Kim, AIA
Associate Principal

Sae Kim is an Associate Principal at CBT, with over 10 years of experience as an architect and designer focusing on multi-scaled and experiential design and concepts. With particularly keen understanding of creative processes on both national and international levels, Sae is deeply involved in complex, award-winning projects from large urban master plans to architecture and exhibition design. His creative process is founded on the generation and evaluation of multiple design solutions through the lens of problem-solving, storytelling, and value-creation. He most recently curated the research-based exploratory exhibit called Balancing Act: Urbanism & Emerging Technologies, which has been hosted by the Boston Society of Architects and AIA Seattle. Sae holds a Master of Architecture in Urban Design from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor of Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design.

Steve Cockcroft
Associate Principal

Steve Cockcroft is an Associate Principal and technical architectural expert at CBT with over 20 years of professional experience. He has worked with a broad range of clients including multi-family housing, large mixed-use commercial, hospitality, civic, and academic projects. He is an extremely valuable resource at CBT, most notably for his ability to coordinate the implementation and construction of some of the firm’s most large and complex projects. Steve holds an Associate of Engineering with Honor in Architectural-Structural Technology from the Franklin Institute of Boston.

David Hancock, AIA, LEED AP
Principal (retired)

David Hancock served for many years as Principal at CBT, retiring at the end of 2019 with more than five decades of experience and leadership for urban and mixed-use developments at all scales. His catalogue of work includes projects of virtually all types including civic, multi-family residential, hotel, institutional, private development, corporate real estate, and transportation. David represented NAIOP on the Commonwealth’s Green Building Roundtable, was a member of Mayor Menino’s Boston Green Building Task Force, and regularly served on advisory committees for local government on such issues as smart growth, sustainable design, and historic preservation. He was a regularly invited speaker at national conferences on a range of urban design issues. David was a longtime member of ULI and holds an undergraduate degree from McGill University and graduate degree from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. He continues to be a valued consultant to CBT and cherished member of our greater professional practice.

Richard Bertman, FAIA Member Emeritus, LEED AP
Co-Founder (retired)

Richard Bertman is a Co-Founder of CBT. His work has graced the skyline and streetscapes of Boston, and he has been the force behind prominent restorations and renovations of historic buildings throughout the Northeast. Richard is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and past president of the Boston Society of Architects, which honored him with their highest individual award for lifetime achievement. For his “dedication to preserving the architectural legacy of Boston,” Richard was personally designated an Honorary Boston Landmark by the City of Boston. He was one of the first architects to be inducted into the New England Design Hall of Fame and received a lifetime achievement award from the Boston Preservation Alliance. He holds undergraduate degrees from Harvard University and MIT, a Master of Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley, and has taught at the Rhode Island School of Design. Richard is also known for producing a radical series of three-dimensional mechanical sculptures, meshing together gears, pulleys, switches, and wheels with wire and fabric to forge colorful, moving creations. Though recently retired from the practice, he continues to inform and shape the ethos, culture, and work of CBT.

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Charles Tseckares, FAIA Member Emeritus
Co-Founder (retired)

Charles Tseckares is a Co-Founder of CBT with over 50 years of professional experience in architectural and urban design. He  served as principal-in-charge on a wide range of projects, including academic planning and design, residential and hospitality developments, commercial/office mixed-use developments, and historic rehabilitation. Charles was instrumental in leading our overseas practice including spearheading client development and project offices in Abu Dhabi and Saudi Arabia. Charles is a Member Emeritus Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, and is past president of the Boston Society of Architects. He has been honored with the distinguished Citizen of Boston Award and the United Way Leventhal/Sidman Real Estate & Building Industry Award. He has shared his knowledge with numerous academic institutions as a guest critic and advisor including Yale, Harvard, and MIT. Charles received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Dartmouth College and a Master of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a former Fulbright Fellow at the University of Rome, Italy and received a Diploma in Urban Design and Town Planning. Recently retired from the practice, Charles continues to inspire CBT's quest for greater understanding, broader horizons, and the most meaningful relationships with our community and clients.