Carpenter is a highly respected and experienced firm involved in real estate development, ownership and management. Carpenter has been led by Richard L. Friedman since 1973, and has devoted most of its resources under Mr. Friedman’s leadership to the development of hotels, mixed-use projects and retail properties. Some of Carpenter’s notable projects include the St. Regis San Francisco Hotel and Residences, and in the Boston area the Liberty Hotel, the Logan Airport Hilton, and Charles Square and the Charles Hotel.
Pei Cobb Freed & Partners
New York based Pei Cobb Freed & Partners is one of the world’s leading architectural firms. Harry Cobb, a founding member of Pei Cobb Freed, is the former Chair of the Department of Architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and the winner of the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Council on Tall Buildings. Mr. Cobb has designed a number of landmark buildings in Boston, most notably the John Hancock Tower, which is widely regarded as the foremost modern building in the City. The Hancock Tower was awarded the American Institute of Architects’ prestigious 25 Year Award, the AIA’s highest recognition given to a building. Included among Mr. Cobb’s other projects are Fountain Place in Dallas, the ABN AMRO Bank Head Office in Amsterdam, and Tour EDF at La Defense in Paris.
Cambridge Seven Associates
Cambridge Seven Associates was founded in 1962 by a group of designers who believed their collaborative efforts would be far more effective than those of any individual. The original seven partners applied their diverse skills in architecture, planning, exhibit design, graphics, industrial design, and filmmaking to create a single design studio. Cambridge Seven has worked with Carpenter for over 30 years and has 50 years of experience in the Boston area.
Among Cambridge Seven’s projects for Carpenter are the Liberty Hotel in Boston and Charles Square and the Charles Hotel in Cambridge. Among other projects designed by Cambridge Seven are the Ministry of Education Headquarters in Kuwait, the National Aquarium in Baltimore, and the Ring of Fire Aquarium in Osaka, Japan.
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Office of Thierry Despont
Mr. Thierry Despont is an architect, designer and artist with his offices and studio in New York, who specializes in unique and high end designed residential projects, hotels and museums, and historical renovations. Established in 1980, The Office of Thierry W Despont, Ltd. has acquired an outstanding reputation as a foremost residential and hospitality design firm with an elite clientele in both North America and Europe. Mr. Despont and his office have completed several very high end hotel projects. Among them are the renovation of the Carlyle Hotel in New York, Claridge’s and The Dorchester in London, and the Boca Raton Resort & Club in Florida. Current hotel projects include the renovation of the Ritz Paris and the Dorchester Collection’s new 45 Park Lane Hotel in London.
FOUR SEASONS HOTEL
Since the opening of its first hotel in 1961, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts has followed a path of innovation, expansion and dedication to exceptional quality. Now managing over 90 hotels in 38 countries, the Canadian-based company is distinguished by the hospitality industry’s highest standard of service, delivered with friendliness and reliable efficiency. With over 30 years of residential experience, Four Seasons is an expert in property management – dedicated to maintaining long-term value and meeting the needs of the world’s most discerning residential clientele. Year after year, the Four Seasons name tops every world’s best list and earns unprecedented awards, including being honored with the most Condé Nast Traveler “Gold List” properties.
Michael Van Valkenburgh
MVVA’s designed landscapes are the result of great enthusiasm for the craft of building, resulting in wide acclaim from clients, critics, and the public. MVVA has merged as a leader of multidisciplinary design teams of all sizes, still looking for ways to expand the positive influence of landscape. The firm’s projects span North America and have received numerous honors including awards from the American Society of Landscape Architects, the American Planning Association, the U.S. National Park Service, the Municipal Arts Society of New York City, the Royal Architecture Institute of Canada, the Institute of Transportation Engineers, the Building Stone Institute, the Waterfront Center, Places/EDRA, Progressive Architecture, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.