In 1967, Maurice Childs, Richard Bertman and Charles Tseckares joined forces to establish a Boston architecture practice. More than 50 years later, CBT is an international design firm with more than 200 employees, among the largest in the city. The team works at all scales, from interiors and office design to neighborhood-shaping master plans.
As can be seen here, the firm’s local portfolio spans the metro area, from familiar towers downtown and around the Pru to celebrated renovation, restoration, and infill projects. Atlantic Wharf on Fort Point Channel represents a fine example, incorporating both the sensitive restoration of historic buildings and the addition of an attractive new tower. It is impossible to discern a CBT “aesthetic” spanning the decades, or to identify a signature project that defines the firm. Designs reflect the styles of the times, from modern to post-modern to today’s sustainability-driven forms. CBT projects been recognized with several Preservation Achievement awards, and the firm served as the executive architect of the Harleston Parker medal-winning Art of Americas wing at the MFA.
CBT has taken the lead on a number of major urban planning and development initiatives including Cambridge Crossing (East Cambridge), Bulfinch Crossing (downtown), Fan Pier (Seaport), Kendall Square, and Central Wharf at the New England Aquarium. These projects will reshape and establish important new neighborhoods across the city over the coming years and decades, and will become the most visible markers of CBT’s design legacy in and around Boston.