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Master Planning

Pickard Chilton is at the forefront of architectural design and urban development. Together with our clients and collaborators, we create innovative master plans and revitalized urban centers that offer value and inspire community.

We believe that master planning is an active process. In order to be a catalyst for positive community change, we bring together the most advanced tools and revolutionary minds in the business. Working together with our clients and partners, our talented team members seek to create a master plan that lays out the all-important groundwork for each project.

Modern communities and cities all face inimitable challenges that require real solutions. From corporate districts to iconic tall buildings and active urban centers, Pickard Chilton has been an active proponent for successful urban design across the globe. We seek sustainable design solutions that minimize waste, save resources, and utilize design to create greater social value.

With each project, we approach the broader challenges with an innate, focused sensitivity. Our urban planning decisions are a culmination of industry expertise, local community knowledge, and practical insight to create transformative urban developments that have a lasting and positive impact on their broader context.

Master planning is a comprehensive process to balance architectural and developmental goals within the scope of community aspirations. Pickard Chilton is dedicated to leveraging the power of architectural master planning to increase the beauty and the equity of place in every community.

While urban design is but one of our areas of expertise, building better communities is our passion. We are motivated by the idea of equitable cities where design is a tool for improving living standards and connectivity within a community. Our talented team is inspired by a shared mission to design communities that allow everyone to live in a happier and more sustainable way.

Pickard Chilton's master planning expertise includes:

In Shinagawa, one of the most densely developed wards in Tokyo, a 1.6 kilometer-long rail yard cuts a swath through its urban fabric. Anchored by Takanawa Gateway Station, Tokyo’s first new rail station on the Yamanote line in 50 years, the master plan for Takanawa Gateway City restitches the district with a vibrant mix of residential, retail, office, hotel, and cultural uses. The development is designed to foster innovation and public engagement across all of its buildings and functions. 

Street view of the PG&E historic complex

Encompassing a full city block in downtown San Francisco between Market and Mission Street, the PG&E site comprises development components that include the 200 Mission office tower redevelopment, historic complex renovation and new 1.25-acre park to complete Hines’ vision. Upon completion, the reimagined projects will breathe new life into the entire transit-oriented block.

This master plan of an urban campus has been carefully crafted to deliver an environment that fosters a rich diversity of uses, activities, and exchanges. The overall site has been envisioned as a place “where people gather and create their future.” The resulting communal space is most appropriately categorized as “public realm.”

Scientists working in a bright and clean lab

Boston Properties’ recently approved mixed-use development in the heart of Kendall Square comprises two life science towers and a residential tower surrounded by a landscaped public plaza atop a new underground district substation for utility provider Eversource. The project will be built upon the site of the existing Blue Garage.

We are passionate about our clients, our work, and the positive impact of every building we design. If you have a difficult design challenge, contact us to create a solution that realizes your vision.