Keys Innes Promoted at Harriman

Emily Keys Innes

Emily Keys Innes

Boston – Harriman and The Cecil Group, a newly merged multidisciplinary architectural/engineering firm with offices all over New England, recently promoted Emily Keys Innes, LEED AP ND, to the position of senior urban planner.

In this position, she will continue to be responsible for managing the firm’s more complex planning projects and will help guide the firm’s integration of planning into the newly merged firm.

Over the course of her five years with The Cecil Group, Innes has worked on urban renewal projects in Lawrence and Salem, Mass., and Norwalk, Conn.; urban renewal strategies for New Bedford, Mass., and West Warwick, guidelines and village district zoning for municipalities in Conn.; and land use planning projects for a range of private clients.

She recently earned her AICP certification. Offered through the American Planning Association (APA), AICP is the only nationwide, independent verification of a planner’s qualifications.


Through its Boston-based urban design and planning studio, Harriman has provided planning and design solutions for clients nationwide, from individual sites to large communities. The firm values community planning as a special opportunity to build public and political consensus through creation of shared vision, while at the same time building the required capacity and support for actual implementation.

“It’s rare to find a planner who is so knowledgeable and expert in the complex regulations and technical world of planning and who also has extraordinary communication and consensus building skills in working with the full range of participants in community planning projects,” said Steve Cecil, AIA, ASLA, founding principal of The Cecil Group, Inc. and now a principal and owner at Harriman.

Emily’s focus at The Cecil Group has been on the use of urban renewal legislation to create tools for the redevelopment of New England downtowns.  As a 10-year member of the Town of Milton, Mass. Planning Board, she developed an enhanced understanding of municipal process and planning challenges; she uses this knowledge as she works with communities to address future conditions, including changing demographics and economic conditions, climate change, and sea level rise.

Emily enjoys working with communities to help them define their responses to complex interactions among local desires, urban design, market realities, and zoning requirements.