What were our 2014 SEGD Global Design Awards jurors looking for as they evaluated the more than 420 entries submitted this year? What did they find, and what advice do they have for future design award entrants? The 2014 winners will be notified soon and honored during the 2014 SEGD Conference June 5-7 in Atlanta. In the meantime, here are a few words from our jurors.
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Matthew Littell joined Utile as a principal shortly after the firm’s founding. Through his work in the firm’s architecture, planning, and early phase development projects, Matthew has gained an expertise in local and statewide building and zoning codes and the regulatory process. Recently, he has completed a Spencer Green, 48-unit affordable, sustainable rental project for Chelsea Neighborhood Developers, as well as Hyde-Blakemore, a 13-unit affordable home-ownership development for Urban Edge, one of Boston’s largest community development corporations. Both projects feature numerous sustainable design elements, including photovoltaics, creative stormwater retention strategies, and special attention to the use of recycled materials. Currently he is developing urban design guidelines and architectural design controls that foreground environmental strategies for a central business district and residential districts in Abu Dhabi, and working on the Public Realm and Watersheet Activation Plan and Municipal Harbor Plan for the Downtown Boston Waterfront.
Matthew has also directed many of the firm’s early phase planning and urban design projects, including the creation of permanent zoning for the Stuart Street corridor in Boston’s Back Bay and the design guidelines for the Rose Kennedy Greenway District. Both efforts were commissioned by the Boston Redevelopment Authority. Matthew is also the managing principal of the City of Boston’s Crossroads Initiative streetscape design of Broad Street.
Matthew earned his M.Arch. from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design in 1997, where he received the Boston Society of Architects’s James Templeton Kelly award for the best final design project, as well as the Clifford Wong prize for outstanding design in housing. Matthew holds his B.A. degree from Columbia College, graduating in 1989. He is a LEED Accredited Professional. He lives in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston with his wife and son.