Richard Bertman is a founding Principal of CBT. His work graces 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.
Charles Tseckares is a founding Principal of CBT with over 40 years of professional experience in architectural and urban design. He has 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 helps lead our overseas practice including spearheading client development and project offices in Abu Dhabi and Saudi Arabia. Charles is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and is past president of the Boston Society of Architects, and 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.
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.
David Hancock is a Principal with CBT with 40 years of experience in urban design and the design and management of building 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 serves on advisory committees for local government on such issues as smart growth, sustainable design, and historic preservation. He is regularly invited to speak at national conferences on urban design issues. David is a member of ULI and holds an undergraduate degree from McGill University and graduate degree from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.
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.
Alfred Wojciechowski is a Principal at CBT with over 25 years of experience in academic, science, hospitality, senior housing, civic, office, retail, and residential buildings. He joined CBT in 1985 and holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Manitoba, Canada, and a graduate degree from the University of Oregon. Alfred is a member of the Boston Society of Architects and is the Vice Chair of the Board of Visitors at the School of Architecture and Allied Arts at the University of Oregon. He serves as Commissioner on the Back Bay Architectural Commission as well as the Newton Historical Commission, and has served on Boston Mayor Thomas Menino’s Housing Advisory Panel. Alfred has been a visiting design critic at the University of Oregon, Boston Architectural College, Northeastern University, MIT and Harvard University.
Lois Goodell has over 30 years of professional experience 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 and leader of the firm’s workplace strategy group, Lois plays an active leadership role in design, management and development. She has the ability to design and create environments that are perfectly attuned to the vision, mission, and values of her clients. Her award-wining 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.
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.
Haril A. Pandya is a Principal at CBT and has over 24 years of professional experience in corporate office, hospitality, mixed-use, and retail projects. The leader of CBT's Asset Strategy and Repositioning Group, Haril specializes in providing holistic strategies, rebranding, and repositioning for corporate/commercial buildings and campuses in both urban and suburban contexts nationally and internationally. With a focus on innovative master planning, trending workplace design, and experiential graphics and signage, Haril's group upgrades and transforms existing properties, increasing both a building's value and the client's bottom line. Haril is also a leader in CBT’s Media Lab, the in-house hub for social media, brand graphics, and motion design capabilities. He is a recipient of the AIA’s Young Architects Award and has been named to BD+C's “40 under 40” and Banker & Tradesman’s “New Leaders” lists. He served on the Board of Directors for both the Boston Society of Architects and the Boston Center for the Arts; Haril has also served as a thesis advisor for the Master of Interior Design program at Suffolk and as a visiting critic at the Boston Architectural College. He received both a Bachelors of Building Science and a Bachelors of Architecture from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. In addition, Haril is an accomplished touring musician and songwriter and has written and produced several films.
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 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.
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.
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.
Phil Casey is a Principal at CBT and has over 20 years of professional experience as a Senior Project Manager leading a wide range of projects with specialization in large scale multi-family residential and commercial mixed-use developments, such as the 1.2 million SF Atlantic Wharf Project, Boston’s first LEED platinum certified sky-scraper. Phil is leading the firm’s most complex large scale mixed-use residential projects currently on the rise in Boston including the 30-story AVA Theater District project, the 38-story Avalon North Station Tower as well as two new Seaport District developments: 121 Seaport Boulevard 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.