David P. Manfredi - FAIA, LEED AP, Founding Principal
David Manfredi is a founding principal of Elkus Manfredi Architects and has worked with industry leaders from across the country on a diverse portfolio of planning and building projects. Committed to the strong belief that the quality of our environment directly influences the quality of our lives, David effectively advocates for building and protecting vital, sustainable, durable urban places. During his career, he has planned new urban neighborhoods and recast tired retail precincts into 21st-century main streets, the edges of universities from barriers into connective seams with adjacent neighborhoods, urban research parks into lively innovation districts that support the collaborative imperatives of today's science and technology, and obsolete manufacturing and warehouse buildings into active places that have become the heart of vibrant urban communities. From Harvard and MIT’s game-changing life science research center, The Eli and Edythe Broad Institute, to some of our country’s most iconic “people places” such as The Grove in Los Angeles – at every scale, in every context, David's mission is to create common ground that brings people and communities together.
David has led planning and design teams on many college and university campuses: Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Northeastern University, University of Massachusetts, University of Pennsylvania, Rutgers University, Duke University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Delaware, The Ohio State University, Franklin & Marshall College, and the University of Southern California. He has also led the design of multiple projects for the Walt Disney Company, including entertainment precincts in Orlando, Anaheim, Paris, Hong Kong, and Shanghai.
In Boston’s Seaport, David has been responsible for a variety of projects, among them Liberty Wharf, Vertex Pharmaceuticals at Fan Pier, 50 Liberty and Pier 4. In the city’s Fenway neighborhood, he worked closely with the community to develop planning and design standards for the area, and has subsequently overseen the design of mixed-use projects that have reinvented the neighborhood, including Trilogy, Van Ness, The Verb Hotel, and 1330 Boylston Street. Responding to the particular challenges of rehabilitating large, older mercantile buildings, David has designed mixed-use places that reinvigorate the urban core. Current work includes overseeing the renovation of the Seaport’s Innovation and Design Building and replanning the Sears block in the Fenway with new retail and residences. In Cambridge, the Haviland candy factory is now a block of diverse modern housing options, and the American Brewery in Jamaica Plain is a mix of historic and modern loft residences.
As a pioneer in developing urban research buildings, David has led the creation of design approaches for high-rise lab buildings that form innovation districts while providing the place for cutting-edge, collaborative science. In addition to the Broad Institute, David has designed research and collaboration environments in Cambridge for Novartis Institutes of Medical Research, Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Pfizer, and Alkermes, as well as Manhattan’s New York Genome Center.
A graduate of the University of Chicago and the University of Notre Dame, David Manfredi has practiced architecture since 1979. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, a member of the Boston Society of Architects, and a LEED Accredited Professional. His professional activities include active membership in the Boston Preservation Alliance, International Council of Shopping Centers, NAIOP, and Urban Land Institute. He also serves on the Boston Civic Design Commission, Northeastern University School of Architecture Advisory Council, the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture Advisory Council, and the ULI Boston Advisory Board. A compelling speaker, David is frequently asked to present to professional organizations on a range of industry-related topics.