Tim Love

Founding Principal, Utile

Tim Love is the founding principal of Utile. Love’s primary focus is the relationship between individual works of architecture and the larger city – both through his work as an architect and urban designer. In the January 2011 issue of Architectural Record, George Baird cited him as an important thinker in architecture today: “Another person to watch is Tim Love, whose firm, Utile, Inc., Architecture + Planning, in Boston, reflects his theoretical and pragmatic interest in the typologies of small-scale housing and the way zoning and building codes affect design.” Tim is highly regarded for his strategic and collaborative approach to complicated urban projects – including charting and leading the public participation process and helping to bring together diverse public agencies and stakeholders around a single shared vision.


Recent and on-going assignments include a redesign of City Hall Plaza for the Greening America’s Capitals initiative of the U.S. EPA-HUD-DOT Partnership for Sustainable Communities, a planning study for the Mill River District in New Haven, planning for the Newmarket district in Boston for The American Cities Coalition, and the Boston Harbor Islands Pavilion for the National Park Service and the Boston Harbor Island Alliance.


In addition Utile is the lead design consultant and urban planner for the Massachusetts Port Authority’s development parcels. Tim’s on-call role includes the review of projects at several stages of the design process and early-phase development planning for the Authority’s parcels. In addition, Tim helped implement the Authority’s sustainable design program, and serves as a professional advisor for development team selection processes.


Prior to founding Utile, Tim was a Vice President at Machado & Silvetti Associates where he was the project director of the Getty Villa in Malibu, the Dewey Square Urban Design and MBTA Headhouses in Boston, the South Boston Maritime Park in South Boston, and the Honan-Allston Branch Library in Allston, Massachusetts, the winner of a 2003 National AIA Design Award. These projects, along with the recently completed Boston Harbor Islands Pavilion, demonstrate Tim’s commitment to the design and implementation of high-quality works of public architecture.


Tim is also a tenured Associate Professor at the Northeastern University School of Architecture where he teaches housing, urban design and architectural theory. He has also taught at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, the Yale School of Architecture, and the University of Toronto. He received his undergraduate degree in architecture from the University of Virginia and a Masters in Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

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