At PCA, we design ‘Places for People’, creating great experiences and social spaces for the community. Since 1982, we have used this basic idea as a touchstone in all of our work.
Our portfolio spans architecture, interior design, planning and branding in markets including housing, academic, restaurant, hospitality, retail and corporate office. Our past, present and future work embodies our creative energy and client-focused goals.
As we mature as a firm, the client and community-oriented approach we were founded on has remained a through line. These values are embodied in such seminal projects as South Station’s retail concourse, Legacy Place and Mashpee Commons, to Sibling Rivalry, Summer Shack and Legal Sea Foods, to dining halls at Northeastern University, MIT and Harvard, and almost all of Healthwork’s many health clubs.
The principle of ‘Places for People’ continues to inform our work. At this moment, we emphasize recent notable projects which exemplify our work and culture.
MarketStreet, Lynnfield, MA – National Development/WS Development
At MarketStreet, the public realm is just as important as the buildings themselves. The town green and market square, surrounded by an eclectic mix of retail, restaurant, entertainment and office buildings, go beyond retail to create new community gathering spaces for the town of Lynnfield.
UConn McMahon Dining – University of Connecticut
At UConn’s McMahon Dining hall we were faced with a relatively simple challenge – to upgrade and expand the existing dining hall. However, we are always looking for potential in the project in order to bring big impact to small changes. The new transparent addition is alive with activity that connects the outdoors to the warm interior spaces, transforming the dining experience on campus while at the same time uplifting the adjacent dormitories with a new integrated entry.
Ames Shovel Works – Beacon Communities
This project was defined by the historic rehabilitation of a mid-19th century national landmark manufacturing complex, the Ames Shovel Works. We created 113 modern mixed-income residential units and more than 1.5 acres of accessible open space. PCA’s design unlocked the creative potential of the property, blending the architecture and history of these beautiful granite buildings back into the town fabric. At Ames we preserved nearly all of the historic structures and created a new community in Easton.
Legal Sea Foods
At Logan International Airport’s Terminal C, we composed an entertaining scene beginning with one of Legal Sea Food’s iconic fish sculptures. Cool colors and abstract ocean-inspired imagery form a relaxing space for travelers to grab a drink, or to dine and unwind before their flight. Our design embodies the Legal Sea Foods brand with a playful, watery twist.
Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education
PCA re-purposed the outdated MCLE bookstore into an adaptable, interactive lobby where MCLE members can socialize and study. A seamless and thorough AV/IT upgrade keeps up with demand for online and webcast materials. Flexible design at MCLE allows continuing education students to utilize the lobby for leisure, group study and lecture overflow.
ECO Interiors – The Mount Vernon Company
In Allston’s Green District, PCA continued our work with the Mount Vernon Company to create a sustainable living space for young urban professionals. A Scandanavian-inspired modern lobby space with pops of color establishes a playful yet elegant atmosphere that is attractive for tenants and the community. As a measure of the success of the concept, all of the apartments in the LEED Platinum building were fully leased on opening day.
Jackson Commons – Urban Edge
PCA is committed to Affordable Housing in the Boston area. In Jackson Square, we crafted a masterplan that would revitalize the community, which was razed in the 1960’s for a highway that was never built. Jackson Commons restored one of the only remaining historical Jackson Square landmarks alongside a 4-story addition to establish 37 affordable mixed-income apartments for the community.
WS Corporate Office – WS Development
For our clients, we are not only architects but also business partners. PCA was asked by WS Development to design their corporate headquarters, situated at “The Street”, one of WS’s signature community-oriented retail centers. PCA’s design seamlessly combines office with retail spaces. A large vaulted ceiling and full-length windows allow light throughout the space and offer views to Hammond Pond behind the plaza. Every place is worthy of our affection – from public retail to private office.