Today’s mixed-use projects hold tremendous potential in the realm of placemaking and design. In this era of “18/7” do-everything environments where people live, work, shop, eat, and play, we carefully explore each project through the lenses of urban design, architecture, and interior design. We see the challenges of urban sites as chances for creative invention. Drawing on our affinity for interdisciplinary cooperation and clever design solutions, we create lively, beautiful, multi-functional developments that increase the connectivity, visibility, and value of dense urban places.
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.
Phil Casey is a Principal at CBT with over 20 years of professional experience as a Project Executive, having led a wide range of projects with specialization in large scale multi-family residential and commercial mixed-use developments. Most recently, these have included the 38-story Avalon North Station, the 30-story AVA Theater District, and Boston's first LEED-Platinum skyscraper ― the award-winning, 1.2 million-square-foot Atlantic Wharf. Phil leads many of the firm’s most complex mixed-use residential projects currently on the rise, including 121 Seaport Boulevard and Waterside Place 2, both in Boston. Phil is an active supporter of the United Way and the Citizen’s School and holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Syracuse University.
David Hancock served for many years as Principal at CBT, retiring at the end of 2019 with more than five decades of experience and leadership for urban and mixed-use developments at all scales. His catalogue of work includes 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 served on advisory committees for local government on such issues as smart growth, sustainable design, and historic preservation. He was a regularly invited speaker at national conferences on a range of urban design issues. David was a longtime member of ULI and holds an undergraduate degree from McGill University and graduate degree from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. He continues to be a valued consultant to CBT and cherished member of our greater professional practice.
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