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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:

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.”

The proposed redevelopment of this urban campus will not simply yield a collection of new office buildings, apartments, shops, and hotels. Rather, it has been thoughtfully designed as a uniquely interrelated world-class mixed-use destination where built elements create a synergetic community. As a place for interaction and innovation, the resulting extensive public realm of this new 21st century campus will be capable of hosting a range of activities -- from local events for the community to city-wide festivals.

To facilitate such spontaneous events and activities, communal spaces have been flexibly designed to allow them to occur naturally. Plazas, pocket parks, pathways, and even building lobbies and roof terraces will be able to host a range of unique experiences, including pop-up retail, temporary food venues and performances. The master plan is designed to target LEED-NC Gold. 

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.