January 6, 2020
OTJ Architects continues to expand its practice with the opening of a Boston, MA studio. The launch of this location follows less than six months after the opening of our California location and less than one year after the introduction of our Miami studio. This strategic expansion allows OTJ to broaden the geographic reach of existing national business and design partnerships while also diversifying services with the addition of a life sciences practice.
Managing Partner Lance Jaccard, AIA, IIDA, LEED AP, remarks: “Boston has long been regarded as a hub of innovation. We believe the city’s vibrant science and technology business community is uniquely aligned with the progressive design typologies we have successfully introduced in workplaces across North America. We look forward to the opportunity to deepen existing relationships and forge new ones in one of the nation’s most exacting design and real estate markets.”
OTJ’s Boston office will be headed by Natasha Tashian, IIDA, NCIDQ, who joins the firm as Studio Director. Natasha is a recognized design professional who has held leadership positions at premier architecture and design firms such as Perkins + Will, Unispace, and TRIA. Natasha’s experience spans the design of corporate workplaces, research and development facilities, as well as high-performing building repositioning efforts. Natasha’s portfolio includes projects for Agios Pharmaceuticals, Voyager Therapeutics, Akouos, Ipsen, National Development, Smith & Nephew, Convene, and Microsoft.
Becky Boyer, IIDA, NCIDQ, also joins OTJ’s Boston studio as Director of Life Sciences. Becky brings an acute understanding of the built environment requirements of leading life science organizations honed through the design and delivery of workplaces and research facilities for Platelet BioGenesis, Glympse Bio, Genzyme, Johnson & Johnson, Novartis, and Bristol Myers Squibb to name a few. Michelle Yack, NCIDQ, LEED AP, and Thomas Neal, AIA, NCARB, WELL AP, join the Boston team as Director of Design and Director of Architecture respectively. Both are noted for award-winning projects such as Blueprint Medicines and Carbon Black, as well as their ability to leverage the most contemporary design software applications to facilitate visualization, enhance collaboration, and empower clients to make more informed, confident decisions.
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