Boston – The Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) announced the expansion of the Boston Civic Design Commission (BCDC) with the appointment of two additional members by Mayor Martin J. Walsh.
Jonathan Evans and Mimi Garza Love will fill newly created positions, and Kathy Kottaridis will replace the seat being vacated by the retirement of Paul McDonough as the member representing expertise in historic preservation.
The expansion of the commissioners from 11 to 13 will help bring new perspectives to the BCDC and responds to the ongoing pace of development in Boston by helping ensure that there is a quorum at all meetings. Under the change, at least seven of the 13 commissioners must be professionals in the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, or urban design.
The BCDC is charged with examining the aesthetics of proposed development projects and ensuring that the projects have a positive impact on Boston’s public realm. This includes the review of large projects over 100,000gsf, projects of special significance, civic projects, and district design guidelines.
Evans is a senior architect at MASS Design Group. Formerly, he designed and managed architectural and urban design projects largely focused on public interest design ranging from affordable multi-family housing to urban design and planning work for nonprofits and public agencies.
Garza Love is a principal at Utile with over 30 years of experience in architecture, interior design, and campus planning. Her project experience includes the Boston Harbor Islands Pavilion on the Rose Kennedy Greenway, the Richard Ortner Studio Building for Boston Conservatory at Berklee, and the Jamaica Plain Branch of the Boston Public Library, among many others.
Kottaridis joined Historic Boston Inc. (HBI) as its executive director in 2007. Under her leadership, HBI has transformed eight abandoned historic structures into new mixed use developments. She also served as director of economic development at the former Boston Redevelopment Authority.