Mission

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Culture

ICON is a design firm motivated by a belief in design’s ability to positively transform, empower and restore. We delight in the process, enriched by collaboration and a commitment to ongoing dialogue and discovery. We champion innovative environments that strengthen connections to people and place, fortify communities and create enduring value.

ICON is located in the heart of downtown Boston on the top floor of a historic flatiron building, overlooking the Dewey Square farmers market. With easy access from MBTA lines and a bustling, revitalized Downtown Crossing at our doorstep, we are inspired daily by the City around us. Our open office space, lit by deep skylights and windows all around, offers flexible collaboration spaces that promote sharing and lively interaction.

At ICON, our hard work is fueled by passion and humor and balanced by plenty of fun. We are united in our commitment to exceptional and innovative design, ignited by a shared desire to cultivate and engage in the world around us. A women-led firm, our studio embraces diversity and encourages collaboration. Together, we foster and celebrate individual and collective growth.

ICON donates a percentage of our time probono to volunteering our design services to non-profits that engage communities in need.

Our work integrates intelligent design and construction methods with high performance and passive strategies to reduce energy demand and improve comfort and performance.

ICON gives a portion of its profits to numerous charities, targeting those we believe “do good” by supporting healthy communities and environmental stewardship.

Love where you LIVE

Our new paradigms for living range from infill transit-oriented development to innovative adaptive reuse, creating sustainable communities that energize residents and neighbors alike. We make better places for people to build their lives.

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LEARN in inspired surroundings

Our Education Studio partners with colleges, universities, and diverse institutions to realize thoughtful design solutions that address the broad range of issues facing our clients today. Our unique design and delivery process is complemented by strong leadership, consensus-building ,and a robust knowledge of sustainable building practices.

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RENEW inherent value

Whether completely transformed or strategically optimized, we believe that reinvigorated buildings offer extraordinary, sustainable value. Our creative repositioned projects celebrate rich history while embracing contemporary life.

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SUSTAIN our environment

Our work integrates intelligent design and construction methods with high performance and passive strategies to reduce energy demand and improve comfort and performance. Our commitment to sustainable design, smart growth and resilience creates healthy communities that restore our environment.

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Leadership

Nancy Ludwig FAIA, LEED AP

President, Senior Principal

Nancy leads our innovative “LIVE” practice with deep experience designing award-winning projects. Clients laud her creativity, enthusiasm and "get-it-done" commitment. She leads ICON's creative design staff and multi-million-dollar projects with sensitivity to local and regional contexts.

Janis Mamayek AIA, LEED AP

Principal, Director of Architecture

Janis manages staff across multiple project scales and types, while also leading our “RENEW” practice. Her recent work focuses on optimizing value in existing buildings through environmentally‐conscious design and culturally-conscious preservation with a commitment to high performance solutions.

Ned Collier AIA, LEED AP

Principal, Education Studio

In its work for institutions, Ned’s “LEARN” practice realizes boldly responsive projects for clients through collaborative design processes engaging all constituents. His optimism and holistic approach to the design process serve clients well. He is a frequent speaker at the Society of College and University Planners (SCUP).

Dave Stockless AIA, LEED AP

Associate Principal

Michelle Apigian AIA,LEED AP, AICP

Practice + Sustainability Leader

Kendra Halliwell AIA, LEED AP

Practice + Design Team Leader

Matt Marotta

Practice + BIM Leader

Kevin O’Neil AIA, LEED AP

Adaptive Reuse Leader

Michelle Waldon AIA, LEED AP, AICP

Project Manager Leader

Gabrielle Aitcheson AIA, LEED GA

Sustainability Leader

Paul DiGiandomenico AIA

QA/QC Leader

Chris Chrysos

Design Team Leader

Michael Gardenier

Adaptive Reuse Leader

Steve Heikin FAIA

Consulting Principal

David Wright AIA

QA/QC Leader

Matt Zyrkowski AIA, CSI

QA/QC Leader

Judy Jorgensen

Chief Financial Officer

Janice Marinello

Finance Associate
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Dave Stockless AIA, LEED AP

Associate Principal

Dave loves the challenge of a complicated project, and is known around the office for his thorough understanding of construction practices. Meticulous with details and organized beyond belief, he proffers our project management protocols and pushes our team to engage leading edge practices. He is a master of getting a project launched and through construction, whether it is residential or mixed use. He earned his Bachelor of Architecture from Wentworth Institute of Technology here in Boston. 

Michelle Apigian AIA,LEED AP, AICP

Practice + Sustainability Leader

A passionate advocate for sustainability, Michelle is a Passive House trained architect who has completed projects that achieve a 90% reduction in energy usage! An adept planner and a creative designer, Michelle exudes delight while engaging community and clients alike. Her positive "get it done" attitude is a breath of fresh air, and both clients and contractors sing her praises. Michelle received a B.A. from Dartmouth and Masters in Architecture and City Planning from MIT.

Kendra Halliwell AIA, LEED AP

Practice + Design Team Leader

Kendra lives and breathes design. Skilled as an architectural designer, artist and illustrator, Kendra brings strong delineation and visualization skills to each project. She manages a wide variety of multi-family projects through city zoning and community engagement, working to achieve consensus along the way. She received a B.A. from Hendrix College and a B. Arch from the University of Arkansas.

Matt Marotta

Practice + BIM Leader

Matt’s creative ability, skill with technology, and good humor make him a favorite leader of our design teams. Matt is a highly skilled architectural designer, facile in 3D and adept with Building Information Modeling to best visualize and communicate a concept.  An astute project manager, he is able to take concepts into reality. Matt received his Bachelor of Architecture from Wentworth Institute of Technology.

Kevin O’Neil AIA, LEED AP

Adaptive Reuse Leader

Mixing a genuine commitment to green design with a sensitive respect for old buildings, Kevin brings the art of historic preservation to new heights. He manages design and construction, with a focus on revitalizing underutilized, and often unappreciated, structures. He earned an A.S. in Architectural Technology from Hartford State Technical College and a B. Arch from Boston Architectural College.

Michelle Waldon AIA, LEED AP, AICP

Project Manager Leader

Thorough, organized and involved, no challenge is too great for Michelle. Her projects range from high-rise to low-rise, and large, mixed use residential development to targeted modernization of aging apartment buildings. She weaves a sense of delight into into every project, both in design and with her engaging team spirit.  She earned a B.S. from Northwestern University and an M. Arch from Washington University.

Gabrielle Aitcheson AIA, LEED GA

Sustainability Leader

Gabby balances the built and the digital realms, equally comfortable on the job site or visualizing a 3D model. With a passion for sustainability and resilient architecture, she investigates smart construction techniques for new and existing buildings. Gabby received her Bachelor of Science Degree at Northeastern University and her Masters of Architecture at the University of Miami.

Paul DiGiandomenico AIA

QA/QC Leader

Paul is a masterful juggler of projects and deadlines! His calm demeanor, acute listening skills, and vast experience have contributed to the successful completion of projects ranging from small public facility upgrades to large, new institutional projects. His extensive knowledge of construction documentation, public bidding, and construction administration has made him a critical member of ICON’s Quality Assurance and Quality Control team. Paul received his Bachelor of Science from Wentworth Institute of Technology.

Chris Chrysos

Design Team Leader

A thoughtful designer and spirited collaborator, Chris refines concepts into beautiful architecture. He knows how a building goes together, and patiently develops the necessary details with an eye towards practical implementation to yield high design. Chris is deeply experienced in multi-family development, whether new construction or adaptive reuse. Chris received his Associates Degree from Wentworth Institute of Technology.

Michael Gardenier

Adaptive Reuse Leader

Mike loves old buildings! His extensive experience working with existing buildings, whether historic, renovation or modernization, makes him a true asset to the firm and our clients. Juxtaposing the old and the new, Mike keeps our technology at the forefront, continually optimizing our design and production capabilities.  Mike received his Associates Degree and B. Arch at Wentworth Institute of Technology.

Steve Heikin FAIA

Consulting Principal

Steve combines seasoned design expertise with a deep understanding of zoning and regulatory techniques. His work exemplifies the best of public and private partnerships, adept at envisioning strategic infill development and large mixed income neighborhoods. A graduate of U Penn with an M.Arch from Yale, Steve received his Masters of City Planning from Harvard.

David Wright AIA

QA/QC Leader

Dave exudes a deep understanding of construction in his management of concurrent multi-million dollar housing developments. Savvy and technically astute, Dave has earned the respect of our staff and clients alike. A problem solver and team player, he relishes his days "on site" drilling into the details with the contractor. Dave is a graduate of both Hartford State Technical College and the Boston Architectural College. 

Matt Zyrkowski AIA, CSI

QA/QC Leader

Matt is a detail guy. Whether keeping us all up to speed on Building Codes, or introducing us to new products and materials, Matt delves into the technical aspects of construction.  Matt brings extensive experience in residential high rise and midrise development, as well as Higher Ed buildings, and handily manages construction issues as they arise. Matt received a Bachelor of Architecture from Wentworth Institute of Technology.

Judy Jorgensen

Chief Financial Officer

Judy's sage management of financial, human resource, office systems and facilities keeps ICON humming. Her grace and good humor contribute immeasurably to our streamlined operation.  An astute firm financial manager, she guides our firm growth and development. Judy's BA in Art History from Duke University prepared her with a keen understanding of the business of design. 

Janice Marinello

Finance Associate

Janice’s contagious enthusiasm and sharp financial acumen keep ICON running smoothly. She manages our overall financial health, but digs deep into the details to assist Principals and Project Managers with budgets and contracts. Her attention to the details assures economical and efficient delivery for projects around the office.