Cambridge Seven Associates

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Boston Children's Museum with 2007 addition

CambridgeSeven Associates, Inc. (CambridgeSeven) is an American architecture firm founded in 1962 and based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The original seven partners, Lou Bakanowsky, Ivan Chermayeff, Peter Chermayeff, Alden Christie, Paul Dietrich, Tom Geismar, and Terry Rankine apply diverse skills in architecture, planning, exhibit design, graphics, industrial design, and film making to create a single design studio founded on the conviction that each assignment, at any scale, should be an opportunity to apply fresh thinking in search of creative solutions. The firm was founded upon the idea that the collaborative efforts of a varied group of designers and architects would be far more effective than those of any one individual. In writing about the firm, the architecture critic Robert Campbell stated, "From the start, the Seven set out to combine architecture with the other design arts - with exhibits, with graphics, and signage, with public art, with product design, with film, even with city planning. Most of their work is a collaboration among many disciplines ..."[1] The practice won the American Institute of Architects Architecture Firm Award in 1993, and was described by the AIA Committee on Design as "an influential and stimulating example, demonstrating new directions of professional practice."[2]

CambridgeSeven’s current practice is led by principals Stefanie Greenfield, Patricia Intrieri, Gary Johnson, Yongjoo Kim, Peter Kuttner, Timothy Mansfield, Adam Mitchell, Marc Rogers, and CFO José Silveira, who continue to apply the firm’s collaborative approach and carry forward the ideals that launched the firm more than fifty years ago. CambridgeSeven has undertaken work in architecture, urban design, planning, exhibitions, graphic, and interior design. The firm has executed a diverse range of building types including academic, museum, exhibit, hospitality, transportation, retail, office, and aquarium facilities. CambridgeSeven has practiced throughout North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, with an annual revenue of over US$26 million in 2016.[3]

Notable projects[edit]




  • Elevated Walkways, Logan International Airport, Boston, MA
  • Gloucester Harborwalk, Gloucester, MA
  • Howard Ulfelder, MD, Healing Garden, Yawkey Center for Outpatient Care, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
  • Kuwait Ministry of Education Headquarters Building, South Surra District, Kuwait
  • Kuwait National Petroleum Company Headquarters, Ahmadi, Kuwait
  • MBTA Design Guidelines, Boston, MA
  • MBTA Red-Line Ashmont Station, Quincy, MA
  • MBTA Red-Line Fields Corner Station, Dorchester, MA
  • MBTA Orange-Line Forest Hills Station, Jamaica Plain, MA
  • MBTA Red-Line Porter Square Station, Cambridge, MA
  • MBTA Red-Line Shawmut Station, Dorchester, MA
  • MBTA Blue-Line Government Center Station, Boston, MA
  • WBUR CitySpace, Boston University, Boston, MA
  • West Cambridge Youth Center, Cambridge, MA
  • Yawkey Center for Outpatient Care, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA


  • Ames Hotel, Boston, MA
  • Brookline Hilton Garden Inn, Brookline, MA
  • Charles Hotel, Cambridge, MA
  • Four Seasons Hotel & Private Residences One Dalton Street (with collaborating architects Pei Cobb Freed & Partners), Boston, MA
  • Four Seasons Hotel & Private Residences New Orleans, New Orleans, LA
  • Hanover Inn at Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
  • Hilton Boston Logan Airport, Boston, MA
  • PINE Restaurant at the Hanover Inn, Hanover, NH
  • Revere Hotel Renovations, Boston, MA
  • The Liberty Hotel, Boston, MA[5]
  • Williams Inn, Williams College, Williamstown, MA


  • Boston Children's Museum, Boston, MA
  • Canada Sports Hall of Fame, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • Detroit Red Wings & Pistons Heritage Exhibit, Detroit, MI
  • Discovery Museum of Acton, Acton, MA
  • Children's Discovery Museum, Hohhot, Inner Mangolia, China
  • KAFD Science Museum & Geo-Climate Center, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Knock Knock Children's Museum, Baton Rouge, LA
  • Murphy Keller Education Center, Heifer International Headquarters, Little Rock, AR
  • Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Springfield, MA
  • San Francisco 49ers Museum & Exhibits, Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, CA
  • The Hall at Patriot Place, Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, MA
  • World of Little League Museum Renovation and Exhibits, Williamsport, PA


  1. ^ Beaver, Robyn (December 2006). "Contemporary Architecture, Vol. 1". Images Publishing Dist A/C: 242. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  2. ^ Jack, Michael (July–August 1993). "1993 Architecture Firm Award: Cambridge Seven Associates". Memo: the Review of People, Information, and Ideas. AIA. pp. 8–9.
  3. ^ Tulacz, Gary (22 Sep 2017). "2016 Top 300 Architecture Firms". Architectural Record. BNP Media.
  4. ^ "New England Aquarium". Retrieved 19 February 2011.
  5. ^ "The Hotel: History". Liberty Hotel. Archived from the original on 2011-02-24. Retrieved 19 February 2011. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)


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