Life Science and Innovation
The next generation of life science projects at CBT are being conceived as integral to the environments and communities surrounding them, no longer islands unto themselves. CBT’s life science designs provide not only a wide range of design flexibility to accommodate today’s most cutting-edge R&D innovations and therapies, but do so with the community in mind. This enables us to apply unique and thoughtful placemaking principles into our projects, integrating the life sciences deep within the fabric of urban communities and meeting the significant demands for talent within the industry. CBT’s life sciences and innovation practice focuses on curating holistically successful and expertly designed buildings to support the innovative activities within. We place great emphasis on putting research on display and leveraging the character and composition of the surrounding context throughout all of our planning and design for future-ready life science projects.
Vickie Alani is a Principal at CBT with 30 years of experience in architecture and interior design for projects nationally and internationally. An expert in multi-family residential and hospitality design, Vickie approaches her work with the fluidity and interconnectivity with which people live today. Regarded internationally for her forward-thinking approach and lifestyle expertise, Vickie is a frequent contributor to the larger discourse on changing residential trends and how to design for an evolving culture. She is a prominent voice in the industry, and has been featured internationally at conferences and in interviews for her industry-leading insight. Augmenting Vickie’s work is her passion for mentorship, cross-disciplinary collaboration, and for elevating Women in Design both at CBT and in the greater design community. She received her Bachelor of Architecture and Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design.
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.
Kishore Varanasi is an urban designer, strategist, and educator who specializes in developing authentic design solutions for cities at all scales that address human connection, social equity, and climate resilience.
For 25 years, Kishore has worked to shape cities and communities globally through sustainable and holistic solutions in both the public and private sectors. Kishore’s innovative contributions to communities stem from his ability to inspire creative collaborations among individuals, governments, and businesses while simultaneously creating fresh perspectives and approaches to sustainable city-building and living. As a principal and Director of Urban Design at Boston-based CBT, his recent work includes the Masdar City Master Plan, Lincoln Yards in Chicago, the Blueway at the New England Aquarium, Cambridge Crossing, Boston University Master Plan, Suffolk Downs Master Plan, Hudayriyat Island Master Plan, Bhavani Islands Master Plan, The Riverline in Buffalo, NY, and Ghadan21 Climate Interventions.
Kishore is a regular critic and teacher at various institutions including MIT, Harvard University, Yale University and the Boston Architectural College (BAC). He serves on the Van Alen Institute Climate Council, BAC’s Board of Trustees, and Boston Harbor Now and Emerald Network Board of Advisors. Kishore's work has been recognized by various awards and organizations including the American Institute of Architects, Rethinking the Future, World Architecture News and Urban Land Institute. He holds a Master of Science in Urbanism from MIT; a Master of Architecture from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; and received his Bachelor of Architecture from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University in Hyderabad, India.
Phil Casey is a Principal at CBT with over 20 years of professional experience leading a wide range of projects spanning large-scale multi-family residential and commercial mixed-use developments, and future-forward life science and laboratory projects. Most recently, these have included several urban and ex-urban life science master plans and buildings in and around Boston; the award-winning, LEED-Platinum 121 Seaport; multiple high-rise residential buildings, and Boston's first LEED-Platinum skyscraper ― the award-winning Atlantic Wharf. Phil leads many of the firm’s most complex mixed-use projects that have recently reshaped urban skylines thanks to their distinctive, sustainable, complex design solutions. Phil is an active supporter of the United Way and the Citizen’s School, and holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Syracuse University.
Ariel is a senior laboratory architect with over 25 years of professional experience in this field. He has been a key contributor to projects requiring a high level of integration from multiple disciplines, and is adept at interpreting a wide range of design imperatives. His innate problem-solving skills allow him - and enable the project team - to expertly address complex structural and technical design needs without sacrificing either form or function.
Mitchell Bush is a Principal and Senior Designer with particular expertise in urban design/planning and architecture, and the interplay between the two practices. Since joining CBT, Mitch’s professional experience has been devoted to large-scale and complex urban projects, namely the new and highly-sustainable elliptical tower at 121 Seaport Boulevard in Boston’s Innovation District and the redevelopment of the Government Center Garage into Bulfinch Crossing (the latter involves the complete redevelopment of a centrally-located urban parcel into a 2.4-million-square-foot mixed-use destination at the convergence of five significant Boston neighborhoods). Mitch is known for developing pragmatic and elegant solutions, as well as his advancement of the greater discussion around urban development and design. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Florida and a Master of Architecture from Columbia University.
Sae Kim is an Associate Principal at CBT, with over 10 years of experience as an architect and designer focusing on multi-scaled and experiential design and concepts. With particularly keen understanding of creative processes on both national and international levels, Sae is deeply involved in complex, award-winning projects from large urban master plans to architecture and exhibition design. His creative process is founded on the generation and evaluation of multiple design solutions through the lens of problem-solving, storytelling, and value-creation. Recently, he was honored as the 2022 recipient of the Boston Society for Architecture's prestigious Earl R. Flansburgh Young Designers Award, which recognizes design excellence by an architect under 40. Sae holds a Master of Architecture in Urban Design from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor of Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design.
Adam is a senior architectural designer with strong professional experience working on complex residential projects in the Boston and globally. Adam’s depth of experience with multi-family residential environments extends beyond the building perimeter to encompass site planning and exterior/public realm developments for a number of large urban sites. A designer dedicated to environmental responsibility in all of his work, Adam is a Certified Passive House Consultant and LEED-accredited professional for Building Design and Construction.
Expert in design for the life science industry, architecture and planning professional Gwen Majewski’s work ranges from new research campus developments to the conversion of existing buildings to life science facilities. Adept at design and project management, Gwen has over a decade of experience dedicated to creating highly responsive designs and working as a direct liaison with clients, project consultants, and construction managers. She actively helps to guide the team through all phases of design and construction. Gwen’s most recent life science work includes the Seaport Science Center at Boston’s 601 Congress.
José Polanco is an Architectural Designer for laboratory and life science projects at CBT with extensive experience creating future-forward scientific research and discovery environments, mixed-use, and academic projects. José has an analytical approach to design and his solicitous consideration of program, stakeholder, and regulatory requirements throughout the creative process produce inspiring and pragmatic design solutions.
Laura is a Senior Project Architect at CBT with 12 years of design experience. Her work spans building types, project scales, and geographic settings, from small-scale residential and commercial buildings to large mixed-use projects to urban design and master planning efforts. Her longstanding focus is on planning and programming for complex cultural and commercial projects with a particular focus on life sciences. Laura received her Master of Architecture from MIT and B.S. in Architecture from The Ohio State University. Laura is an active member in the Boston Society of Architects, serving as Co-chair of the elected Membership Committee and in the Women in Design group.
Michael Liporto is a Senior Project Architect at CBT with over 25 years of experience. He has played a central role in the design, detailing, and execution of complex building types focusing on lab and life science facilities. Michael applies an array of design, technical, and leadership skills to his projects that add value to the process as well as the outcome of his project work.