History

Founded in 1993 by David Hacin FAIA, Hacin + Associates is 20+ person architecture and design studio located in Boston’s South End. Since its founding, H+A’s dedicated team of design professionals has built a broad portfolio of projects that have received regional, national and international recognition. The firm brings together diverse professional and educational backgrounds and interests, including architecture and interior design as well as urban, industrial, graphic, exhibit, and furniture design.  In 2005 H+A expanded its professional services with a fully integrated interior design department, and in 2009, H+A engaged in a partnership with Sasaki Associates of Watertown, Massachusetts to further expand its collaborative opportunities with an internationally recognized, multi-disciplinary design firm known for its leadership in sustainable and innovative architecture, planning and landscape design.

Since its inception, H+A has designed distinctive single family homes, lofts and apartments, yet also designed and built hundreds of units of multi-family housing, from affordable to luxury, in a wide variety of settings and communities.  Over the past twenty years, this work has been catalytic in the realm of housing and urban redevelopment, impacting the trajectory of entire communities and the lives of countless people. Early landmark projects, like the skip-stop apartments at 160 East Berkeley, the artist’s live-work Laconia Lofts, and the headquarters for the social services agency Project Place, are noted for their iconic design, their innovative approach to urban infill housing, and their role in transforming a blighted Boston neighborhood into a nationally recognized example of urban rebirth. More recently at ‘FP3’, H+A tackled significant technical and regulatory challenges to build a mixed-use condominium building at the heart of an emerging waterfront district, strategically marrying striking new forms and materials with adaptive reuse and preservation. Working within important historic districts across the country, H+A has won some of the profession’s highest awards for preservation, housing, and design excellence, including national AIA and HUD housing awards, and the John M. Clancy Award for socially responsible housing.

H+A collaborates with private clients, retailers, restaurateurs, entrepreneurs, and innovative companies on a broad range of commercial architecture and interiors. H+A’s clean, modern trademark designs for internationally recognized retail brands has had a global impact on the advent of contemporary design trends in fashion retailing, appearing in prestigious department stores and on celebrated shopping streets in London, Paris, Seoul and New York. Our diverse portfolio includes innovative workspace for the global design consultancy IDEO, offices for a number of leading Boston area advertising agencies, and residential interiors at Bentley University. Our institutional/civic work includes District Hall, the centerpiece of Boston’s new waterfront Innovation District and a first-of-its kind model for a city-sponsored ‘innovation center’ and the centerpiece of the city’s new waterfront Innovation District.

H+A’s award winning residential, commercial and retail projects have been regularly featured in print and online by numerous national and international publications, websites, and blogs.