Environments for civic and cultural activities should naturally enrich and inspire the people they attract. Whether developing world-class exhibition space, restoring a landmark building, or updating a historic library with 21st-century technology, we approach each of these projects holistically. We explore the institution—what it is, who depends upon it, and what it endeavors to become—and devise a plan to underscore its strengths and realize organizational aspirations. We love the ways that architecture and design can bring enduring value to built civic environments and the communities they serve.
Alfred Wojciechowski is a Senior Principal at CBT with over 35 years of experience in multi-family residential projects and urban high-rises, as well as single family homes, academic, science, hospitality, civic, and retail design. At all scales, his work incorporates holistic thinking between site, exterior, interior, and environmental considerations. He is involved with projects and clients locally and nationally in locations across Florida, Texas, New York, Pennsylvania and Washington, DC. Alfred is a member of the AIA Large Firm Roundtable, AIA Dean’s Forum, the Boston Society of Architects, a Board Member of Boston’s Back Bay Association and is a LEED-accredited professional. Born in Poland and raised in Canada, Alfred joined CBT in 1985. He holds a Bachelor of Environmental Studies from the University of Manitoba, and a Master of Architecture from the University of Oregon.
Ellen Perko is an Associate Principal at CBT and has over 30 years of experience in a variety of civic and residential projects, with particular expertise in private residential design. An established architect with sustainable design focus, she has a deep understanding of the qualities that make a residence attractive, functional, comfortable, and most importantly, a desirable place to live. In community development and multi-family residential work, Ellen develops design solutions that best respond to a development’s target demographic with the right style, amenities, and unit layouts. Her designs have a human scale and an aesthetic quality is appealing and marketable. Ellen leads CBT’s single-family residential design group and has designed custom homes for a number of repeat clients. Ellen is a sought-after expert in her field, and holds a Master of Architecture from Washington University in St. Louis and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from The Ohio State University.
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.
Richard Bertman is a Co-Founder of CBT. His work has graced the skyline and streetscapes of Boston, and he has been the force behind prominent restorations and renovations of historic buildings throughout the Northeast. Richard is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and past president of the Boston Society of Architects, which honored him with their highest individual award for lifetime achievement. For his “dedication to preserving the architectural legacy of Boston,” Richard was personally designated an Honorary Boston Landmark by the City of Boston. He was one of the first architects to be inducted into the New England Design Hall of Fame and received a lifetime achievement award from the Boston Preservation Alliance. He holds undergraduate degrees from Harvard University and MIT, a Master of Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley, and has taught at the Rhode Island School of Design. Richard is also known for producing a radical series of three-dimensional mechanical sculptures, meshing together gears, pulleys, switches, and wheels with wire and fabric to forge colorful, moving creations. Though recently retired from the practice, he continues to inform and shape the ethos, culture, and work of CBT.
Charles Tseckares is a Co-Founder of CBT with over 50 years of professional experience in architectural and urban design. He served as principal-in-charge on a wide range of projects, including academic planning and design, residential and hospitality developments, commercial/office mixed-use developments, and historic rehabilitation. Charles was instrumental in leading our overseas practice including spearheading client development and project offices in Abu Dhabi and Saudi Arabia. Charles is a Member Emeritus Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, and is past president of the Boston Society of Architects. He has been honored with the distinguished Citizen of Boston Award and the United Way Leventhal/Sidman Real Estate & Building Industry Award. He has shared his knowledge with numerous academic institutions as a guest critic and advisor including Yale, Harvard, and MIT. Charles received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Dartmouth College and a Master of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a former Fulbright Fellow at the University of Rome, Italy and received a Diploma in Urban Design and Town Planning. Recently retired from the practice, Charles continues to inspire CBT's quest for greater understanding, broader horizons, and the most meaningful relationships with our community and clients.