Architecture Firm Promotes Talented Staff and Expands Leadership Roles

Award-winning architecture, planning, and interiors firm promotes talented designers and project managers to Principal and Associates roles, reflecting ongoing growth and commitment to nurturing and diversifying leadership talent.

CHELSEA, Mass., April 2, 2024 – An influential leader in integrated architecture, planning, and interior design, has announced strategic promotions for four exceptional and long-standing team members. Thomas Schultz has been named a Principal, as well as Elizabeth Peabody, Venket Holi, and Matthew Duggan, all of whom have been named Associates at the 100-person firm founded in 1971.

“Nurturing and supporting the talent and passion of tomorrow’s leaders is an imperative investment in a brighter and more just future for our cities and society as a whole,” says TAT senior partner and managing principal Michael D. Binette, AIA, NCARB.

As part of an ongoing strategic initiative to recognize key talent and expand senior roles within TAT, these new appointments reflect an emphasis on innovation and advancing core practice areas while cultivating a creative and diverse leadership team. One of the country’s leading planners and designers of sustainable multifamily, mixed-use, hospitality, and senior and assisted living communities, TAT is also recognized for its national award-winning expertise in the areas of historic preservation, rehabilitation, and adaptive reuse. include the opening of a globally lauded high-rise hotel and residences, Raffles Boston; The Cordwainer, a pioneering biophilic community for people living with Alzheimer’s and memory impairment; The Anne M. Lynch Homes at Old Colony, a highly sustainable and Passive House-Certified public housing community; and award-winning historic adaptive reuse conversions such as 100 Shawmut and Manomet Place.

According to TAT’s senior principals, the recent promotions recognize the significant contributions that these four leaders have made to the firm’s ongoing success and their role in the future of TAT’s pursuit of new business, client engagement, and design excellence. In their respective new roles, Schultz, Peabody, Holi, and Duggan will continue their project- based contributions alongside greater operational, business development, design, and mentorship responsibilities.

“These well-deserved promotions exemplify TAT’s commitment to strategic leadership succession and underscore the firm’s continued evolution,” notes TAT senior partner and design principal, Michael E. Liu, AIA, NCARB. “Our proactive approach to identifying, nurturing, and elevating top-tier talent is an essential part of TAT’s business strategy, enabling the firm to adapt to our clients’ ever-changing needs. It is evident that this particular group of four professionals brings diverse perspectives, innovative approaches, and positive energy that will be essential to TAT’s ongoing success.”

“Tom, Liz, Venket, and Matt are fully dedicated to TAT’s mission and core values, and we look forward to the creative ideas they’ll contribute as they embark on these new roles, says TAT senior partner and managing principal Michael D. Binette, AIA, NCARB. “These four talented practitioners are deeply focused on the quality of our work, the relationships we foster, and the well-being of our firm’s culture. They bring unique aptitudes and perspectives to the firm that will enable TAT to continue cultivating a growth-oriented mindset, expanding our culture of continuous learning, and building meaningful connections with developers across the East Coast.”

“As we continue to expand our leadership team, these types of strategic promotions exemplify TAT’s commitment to sustaining our reputation as trusted advisors to our clients and to advancing our mission of creating positive and lasting transformation in the communities we serve,” asserts TAT principal Edward R. Bradford, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP. “A heightened focus on elevating new voices and perspectives will enhance creativity within our multifamily, assisted living, hospitality, and mixed-use design practice. I have full confidence that the enthusiasm and unwavering dedication of these professionals will unlock new opportunities for growth and success.”

Full bios of the four leaders follow below. For interviews and images, please contact Alex Abarbanel-Grossman, (973) 897-3940.

About the People

In more than two decades at TAT, Tom has led design and project management for over 3 million square feet of built projects in New England alone. A well-regarded national expert in multifamily housing design, urban infill development, senior living, and adaptive reuse project types, his experience includes work for major national developers including Lennar, Toll Brothers, Hines, Davis, and Greystar.

In his new role as a Principal, Tom will take on expanded managerial, mentorship, and client relationship responsibilities. He will remain directly involved in the planning and design process for key projects, continuing to build on an award-winning portfolio that includes the global headquarters for apparel brand Converse at Lovejoy Wharf; creative residential conversions combining adaptive reuse and new construction, such as the 100 Shawmut condominium project; and the large- scale transformation and revitalization of an affordable housing district, Flat 9 at Whittier, in Boston’s Roxbury neighborhood. Known for longstanding partnerships with public agencies, nonprofits, housing authorities, and top national developers, TAT has designed tens of thousands of housing units nationwide, broadening residential options across all income levels. With his deep multifamily expertise, Tom will play an essential role as TAT continues this trajectory.

Frequently quoted in the media on topics related to urban development trends, adaptive reuse, and commercial-to-residential conversions, Tom is recognized as a valuable resource on many of the building industry’s most important and timely subjects. His perspective has been featured in publications such as Bloomberg, Buildings magazine, The Construction Specifier, and the American Institute of Architects’ Topic A.

“Tom’s broad understanding of the industry makes him an invaluable resource for our team and our clients alike,” says the TAT senior partner and managing principal Binette. “His contributions extend beyond a profound understanding of developers’ needs; he also brings substantial experience with key funding agencies and exhibits a keen interest in the operational intricacies that are essential to a successful architecture practice.”

Elizabeth Peabody, AIA, NCARB – Associate

A respected design leader and project manager with more than a decade at TAT, Liz is known for her skill in managing a wide range of multifamily, senior, and assisted living project types, from conceptual design through all phases of construction. Clients value her collaborative problem-solving abilities, while colleagues and project partners rely on her expertise in Construction Administration. Highlights of Liz’s portfolio include a number of significant large-scale multifamily communities, such as the 11-building Modera Needham development in Needham, Mass.; the 13- building transit-oriented Avalon Piscataway complex in New Jersey; and Alexan Harrison, a new upscale multifamily development comprising 400 units in New York’s Westchester County, with longtime client Trammell Crow