PRESIDENT Sam Batchelor
SECRETARY Meera Deean
TREASURER Judy A. Johnson
Meet the Board.
Sam Batchelor AIA
Sam Batchelor’s work is founded in a responsibility to the importance of craft and community. A partner at Boston-based architectural firm designLAB, he maintains a hands-on involvement in designLAB’s projects from schematic design through construction and post-occupancy. Sam also founded and directs the MassArt Community/Build Studio. He is on the Nominating Committee for the Boston Society of Architects. He holds an MArch from the University of Washington, and undergraduate degree from Yale.
Sam lives in Cambridge with his wife Scarlet, three children: Max, Iris, & Eli; and Batman – their three-legged poodle.
Born in Baltimore and raised in East Tennessee, Meera Deean is an architectural and urban designer at Utile. At Utile, she is currently managing the Downtown Waterfront Planning Initiative, which will result in a public realm and watersheet activation plan, a municipal harbor plan, and new zoning. She also managed the City Hall Plaza Master Plan for the BRA and the EPA’s Greening America’s Capitals project. In addition, she is working on the graphic design of the Boston Transportation Department’s new Complete Streets Manual, and leads many of the marketing and business development efforts of the office. She studied art history at Williams College, and received a M.Arch. from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Prior to joining Utile, she worked with Vincent James Associate Architects, Hashim Sarkis ALUD, and Kao Design Group. She also spent two years as an architecture and design editor for Rizzoli International Publications.
Jonathan Evans is an architectural and urban designer at Utile. His recent work at Utile includes the Al Maryah Island design guidelines in Abu Dhabi as well as multi-family housing projects. Previously, while with Stull and Lee Architects, Jonathan managed architectural and urban design projects including the Hill District Master Plan for Pittsburgh, the Mount Vernon Master Plan (New York), and several urban scale housing projects.
Born and raised in New York City, Jonathan earned a B.S. in architecture from the University of Virginia and graduated with a M.Arch from the Harvard Graduate School of Design where he was awarded the Alpha Rho Chi Medal. He was a co-founder and principal instructor for a design program at Harvard geared to Boston area high school students and is currently a lecturer at Northeastern University and faculty in the practice department at the Boston Architectural College.
Judy A. Johnson
Now retired as a full-time environmental and animal activist, Judy Johnson previously guided Leers Weinzapfel Associates through all matters financial for nearly 28 years. She founded the Cambridge Tree Stewards in November 2009. An original board member of the CDRC, she has a deep interest in giving back to communities.
James Kostaras AIA, AICP
During his 25-year career in the public and private sector, James Kostaras has created and implemented successful urban design and development strategies that have led to the revitalization of urban districts challenged by economic disinvestment. He brings significant experience working in local government, serving a project director at the Boston Redevelopment Authority from 1985 to 2002 and as the Executive Director of the City of Somerville’s Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development from 2004 to 2007. In that position, he launched a major economic development strategy that has attracted over $1.5 billion in anticipated public and private investment in Somerville, and secured over $40 million in state and federal funding for affordable housing, parks, transportation and new infrastructure.
More recently, he worked with Sasaki Associates providing consulting services to the City of Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, and founded Acadia Strategic Planning LLC, a firm that provides strategic project and program consulting services to public sector clients. His projects have garnered the 2001 American Institute of Architects Honor Award for Urban Design; the American Planning Association Massachusetts Chapter Award for Comprehensive Planning and the Congress for the New Urbanism Charter Award of Excellence.
He has significant teaching experience, including as a lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Design from 1997 to 2008, and has lectured widely around the world. He is a registered architect in Massachusetts and a member of the American Institute of Architects and the American Institute of Certified Planners.
Kaki Martin ASLA
Kaki Martin is a designer with nearly twenty years of practice experience. Her experience is based in public park design in mostly urban conditions, institutional and open space master planning, and experiential learning landscapes. She currently teaches at the Rhode Island School of Design and has been an instructor in the core design curriculum at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. She is the former Chair of the Cambridge Conservation Commission and is also a founding board member of Good Sports, a Boston based non-profit serving disadvantaged youth.
James Mayeux AIA
James Mayeux is an architect whose design practice includes planning and landscape, with a focus on low-environmental-impact projects on sensitive sites.
He studied architecture at the University of Texas at Austin and practiced architecture and building in Texas from 1972 to 1990, then in Mexico from 1990 to 1998. He studied landscape architecture at the Harvard Design School and practiced planning and landscape architecture with Sasaki Associates from 1999 to 2002. His teaching experience includes advanced architectural design studios at I.T.E.S.M. from 1991 to 1998, and he was the Founding Dean of the School of Architecture, Art and Design at Monterrey Tec, in Mexico. His projects, articles, and reviews have been published in Architecture, Texas Architect, Cite 52, Enlace, Urbis, and Land Forum, among others.
His work includes projects as diverse as design guidelines for an historical/ecological village restoration in Saudi Arabia, a high-altitude resort of passive solar cabins in the Sierra Madre Oriental in México, environmental studies for a Resort on the Red Sea, a private estate on an organic coffee plantation in Costa Rica, and an ecological village in China.
He currently practices architecture, landscape, and planning with his firm, Upland Studio, in Porter Square, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Ben Peterson is the Director of Practice Instruction and Student Support at the Boston Architectural College, where he is responsible for the development and delivery of a curriculum in Practice. Ben also directs the College’s Gateway Initiative, a program that offers students the opportunity to participate in design work with community partners as clients and collaborators.
Ben received a BA in Anthropology and Environmental Studies from Bowdoin College and an MArch from the Rhode Island School of Design, where he focused his studies on the intersections of architecture, landscape, and infrastructure. While at RISD, Ben co-edited a publication cataloguing the work of RISD’s faculty and students engaged in design work in the developing world. He also participated in an interdisciplinary design studio that developed a comprehensive curricular and spatial master plan for a university dedicated to sustainable agriculture in Costa Rica.
In addition to teaching as a member of the faculty of both the BAC and Wentworth Institute of Technology, Ben was Lead Faculty for the BAC’s Summer Academy, a summer program in design exploration for high school students. He has practiced with several local design offices and has recently completed his first work, a house on a tidal shore in Maine, under the auspices of his independent practice collective PoLAR. Ben has hunted octopi off the coast of Zanzibar island, documented water infrastructures in the deserts of Rajasthan, and loves playing frisbee with his Australian Shepherd, Nellie.
Sally Young, Program Coordinator of the Harvard GSD Loeb Fellowship, has been administering the Loeb Fellowship Program since 1998. She organizes lectures, seminars,and symposia at the GSD; collaborates with Loeb Fellows and the Exhibitions Department in implementing the Loeb Fellows Exhibition program; and co-curates the Bruner Loeb Forum with colleagues at the Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence. She has been involved in the arts and the creative economy as a founding Board Member of the Arsenal Center for the Arts in Watertown, Mass., and is a watercolor artist specializing in “urban sketching.” She is a graduate of Bates College and holds a Masters Degree in Community Organizing and Social Planning from Temple University.
Conor MacDonald is Membership and Committee Relations Director at the Boston Society of Architects. As an active Common Boston member, it comes as no surprise that Conor is interested in the way architecture affects and responds to communities. After he received a bachelor’s degree in business and economics (with a minor in architectural history), Conor worked as a photographer’s and architect’s assistant before joining the BSA. He enjoys running, throwing ceramics, writing, and photography.