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Global Gateway Shinagawa in Tokyo, Japan

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:

「高輪」の地の歴史を継承しつつ、人、自然、テクノロジーを繋ぎ、世界で最も生命の力が溢れ共創し続ける国際交流拠点「Global Gateway」として 、100 年先の心豊かなくらしへ。

Plaza area of the RO in Houston, Texas

Nearly seven years after first announcing plans to build a massive mixed-use development in the Greenway-Upper Kirby area, Transwestern Development Co. is finally preparing to break ground.

Next month, Transwestern will begin construction work on The RO, a 17-acre development at 3120 Buffalo Speedway, near the corner of West Alabama Street and Buffalo Speedway.

That intersection is one of the most prominent and well-trafficked in the area. When it is completed in 2027, The RO, pronounced “row,” will include Houston’s first luxury Auberge Resorts Collection hotel with attached condo units, a sprawling retail village with up to eight restaurants, more than 700 multifamily units and creative office space.

To design the site, Transwestern assembled a "who's who" of prominent firms, with Connecticut-based architecture firm Pickard Chilton overseeing the master plan. For the multifamily and office design, Transwestern again hired Pickard Chilton as design architect.

“From the very beginning, the vision for the site was to create a mixed-use environment that doesn’t feel like it was all built at one time, with a sense of variety in the architecture and a shared palette of building textures inspired by River Oaks legacies,” said Anthony Markese, a principal at Pickard Chilton.

Read more at Houston Business Journal 

A thoughtfully-designed city and its master plan can wield transformative influence over a community, shaping its very heart and soul. In undertaking the master plan of a future city or community, we explore how best to redefine urban landscapes and to create thriving, sustainable communities. Pickard Chilton is committed to advancing the design of future city master planning, with a focus on fostering mixed-use sustainable developments and innovative urban spaces.

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.