Across today’s campuses, learning is taking place everywhere on an ever-expanding basis. Having partnered with colleges and universities throughout the country, we believe that academic environments should offer a range of adaptable spaces—from private to collaborative to lab and incubator areas—that can accommodate students’ diverse needs and learning styles. In addition, any intervention, whether a new building, renovation, or adaptive reuse project, must support the institution’s cultural identity, integrate living and learning, provide sought-after social and amenity spaces, and reinforce notions of connectivity and community. To explore these aspects, during the design process we turn to the people who know the school best: students, faculty, and staff. We revel in the exchange that arises from these rich discussions, and we are thrilled to help shape places of learning for future generations. From the classroom to the residence hall, our forward-thinking design configurations support flexibility, growth, and a variety of environments for all class standings.
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.
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.
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.
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 is an Associate Principal and a design leader at CBT. With over 20 years of professional experience, many of his projects focus on the seamless integration of landscape and the built environment. His approach to design focuses on sustainability and integration of the public realm at all scales from individual buildings to large-scale developments. In addition, Henry has a passion for the strategic integration of technology at all phases of project development.
Marc's work is grounded in his focus on bringing excellent design to projects of all scales and missions. With building design spanning from K-12 public and private schools to higher education institutions, mixed-use, residential, and retail environments, to innovation-focused workplaces, Marc collaborates expertly with each client, bringing high design and an exploratory spirit to each new commission.
Lauren Gauthier is a registered architect and senior designer with over a decade of professional experience in the programming, planning, and design of academic buildings, spaces, and campuses. She has a particular focus on the design of 21st-Century learning facilities, performing and visual arts centers, and spaces for community gathering. Lauren is at home on the campuses of K-12 independent schools and higher education campuses, intuitively and creatively understanding the imperatives of each commission. As a thought leader in the Academic realm, she is a key member and leader of CBT’s academic design team. Lauren holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University.
Paul Viccica was a Principal and a leader in CBT’s Academic Group until his retirement in 2022. His work focused on universities and colleges, independent schools schools, and public institutions in . Many of his projects involved the preservation or repurposing of historic and architecturally significant buildings in and beyond New England. To contact the Academic Design Studio, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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