Addition Meets Mutual Goals for Furthering National Science and Technology Practice
HGA, a national multi-disciplinary design firm, is pleased to announce that Boston, Mass.-based Wilson Architects, a prominent architecture firm specializing in science and technology facilities for higher education and corporate clients, has joined HGA’s network of 10 offices from coast to coast.“Wilson has a strong reputation for design in specialized science and technology research facilities throughout the country. They skillfully gain a scientific understanding of each client through careful listening and research and then apply that in an artful way, which closely echoes our own approach at HGA,” says Tim Carl, FAIA, chief executive officer.
The announcement supports the goal of both firms to work with the most innovative clients in the world. HGA brings Wilson Architects the resources of the larger, multidisciplinary firm and diversifies their practice into healthcare, workplace, and other markets. Wilson’s expertise furthers HGA’s national science and technology expertise as well as their presence in the Northeast.
“We help our clients navigate change,” says Bill Wilson, FAIA, who will lead HGA’s national Science and Technology practice. “We focus on building partnerships with our clients to help them prioritize goals and make strategic, capital investment decisions that bring long-term value to their organizations. By joining forces with HGA, we have the opportunity to build on our existing partnerships, forge new ones across the country, and broaden the expertise we already offer. We share an ethos with HGA, a curiosity about our clients and our collective future, and a passion for expressing that through high-impact buildings.”
Founded in 1995 in Boston by Wilson, Chris Martin, AIA, LEED AP, and Matt Leslie, AIA, LEED AP, Wilson Architects provides strategic planning, programming, and design services to major research universities and companies across the country and abroad. Renowned for designing science and engineering facilities, the 50-person studio specializes in material science and nanoscale research buildings. Martin will serve as the office’s Practice Group Leader, and Leslie will be Office Director.
Wilson Architects’ recent projects include the newly opened MIT.nano at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge; an institution-wide advanced research and teaching facility for nanotechnology, materials, and engineering systems research with advanced fabrication tools and materials processing capabilities for 2,000 researchers, faculty, and students.
Additional noteworthy projects include:
- Boston University’s Clinical Psychology building which opens in the fall of 2018, housing the graduate program in clinical psychology in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences;
- Florida State University’s Interdisciplinary Research & Commercialization Building (IRCB) opening in 2019, which envisions an Idea Factory for material science discovery;
- Vanderbilt University’s Engineering and Science Building which includes The Wond’ry, a campus-wide innovation center designed to connect students and faculty with technology transfer and industry mentors;
- And Hult House, a 12-story residence hall in Cambridge, Mass., housing students from the Hult International Business School. The project, to open in the summer of 2019, incorporates 600 beds in both traditional and apartment style units as well as dining, academic, and shared public spaces.
Effective October 1, 2018, the Boston office will be known as Wilson HGA.
The acquisition of Wilson Architects, as well as that of Madison, Wisc.-based Sustainable Engineering Group announced in July, support HGA’s long-term plan to further advance its expertise in areas that serve the future of its clients and communities.