About the Design Review Committee
The purpose of the Design Review Committee (DRC) is to assist the Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals by providing design criteria, guidance and recommendations for those applications specifically referred to the Committee by either Board or as requested by the Applicant. The goal of design review is to maintain and enhance the character of the City; enhance the natural and aesthetic qualities of the City, preserve the value of land and buildings; and protect and preserve the cultural aspects and heritage of the City.
More specifically, design review is intended to:
- Maintain, protect and enhance existing buildings of historical and architectural significance,
- Foster new development that is aesthetically compatible with existing buildings and infrastructure,
- Encourage and assist building owners to restore and rehabilitate existing buildings in a cost effective, sensitive manner and in such a way as to be compatible with the surrounding neighborhood,
- Encourage originality and creativity in the design of new buildings and additions, or the remodeling of existing buildings, and
- Maintain and enhance the appearance of signage, new and existing.
Reports & Decisions
Frank Valdes holds a Masters in Urban Design and Planning from MIT and a Bachelors’ of Architecture from Cornell University. He is an Associate Principal and partner at DiMella Shaffer and has been practicing architecture for over twenty years, and has served in the Design Review Committee for ten years. He is also involved with Combined Jewish Philanthropies, where he advises non-profit Jewish organizations with navigating their real estate, design, and expansion needs.
Deborah Fennick, AIA, LEED AP, is an architect a with a focus on the public realm and how it contributes to community well-being. She is chair of the Design Review Committee and member of the Zoning Advisory Committee. She is the co-founder and design principal of Fennick McCredie Architecture. She also works with groups such as the YouthBuild Boston, and the Science Club for Girls in Cambridge to encourage the next generation of designers.
Sarah Radding is a licensed architect and has practiced in Boston, Cambridge, and Somerville since 1998. She is currently a Senior Associate at Anmahian Winton Architects in Cambridge, and her notable project work includes the adaptive re-use of Soldier Field in Chicago and the Harvard Art Museums’ renovation. Sarah holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and a Masters in Architecture from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.
Reports & Decisions
Reports and Decisions
PLEASE NOTE: Applications made before April 15, 2011 are not included in this listing and can be found by clicking here.