BUFFALO, N.Y. — Harvard Architecture firms, including the Boston architecture firms that have a major project underway, said Thursday they are moving to Seattle, joining a wave of firms to the Emerald City as the construction boom intensifies.
“The Seattle project is a tremendous opportunity for Harvard Architecture to explore its unique role in a global city,” said Harvard President Drew Gilpin Faust.
“Harvard’s innovative architecture is at the forefront of the international community, and the Boston project has the potential to change the way people interact with buildings, neighborhoods and landscapes.”
In the years to come, we are looking forward to a collaborative partnership that will further advance our vision for Boston and the region,” she added.
A Harvard team, including Harvard Architectural Institute associate dean for research and graduate students, and a Boston architecture firm, will work with a project team of about 15 firms to develop the first phase of the Boston-based design and construction company’s $200 million plan to turn the Boston Harbor into a major commercial and cultural hub.
The Boston firm has already started building on the waterfront, but the first project, called The Boston Harbor Harbor, is about a mile (1.7 kilometers) away and requires the building of several new structures.
The project is expected to open in 2020, and is expected be completed in 2021.
Harvard, Harvard University, Boston and Boston College are working together on the project.