Gautam Sundaram

Principal, Urban Design, Boston

Coming from a family of mechanical engineers, Gautam always knew he wanted to break the career mold that had been set for him. He initially studied architecture, an experience that he credits with making him a more well-rounded planner and landscape architect. So it comes as no surprise that Gautam actively seeks out diverse perspectives in his project work. He believes that varied viewpoints are essential to accurately identify the problem at hand; only when you truly know the problem can you begin to think of possible solutions.

Gautam’s design philosophy is simple: be a student all the time—never stop learning. To him, each project is a fresh chance to be bold and make a difference in the lives of people.

Designer Spotlight
Gautam and the Choreography of Master Planning

Our Designer Spotlight Series highlights some of our top talent from around the world, diving into our team’s creative philosophies and design ethos. This month, we talk to principal Gautam Sundaram. The leader of Boston’s Urban Design practice shares his research on resiliency in the face of climate change, as well as the power of merging data and cultural history in his projects.

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Design Philosophy
“My approach to design combines all practices, and what I value is a diversity of viewpoints. I’m one part of the process, a choreographer directing the dance.”
"The most important thing is not coming to the idea or the solution—it’s actually figuring out what the problem is, first. What is it, exactly, that you are trying to solve?"

Gautam's Featured Work

Early Resilient Framework Plan
Toa Baja, Puerto Rico
Delaware State University, Campus Master Plan
Dover, Delaware
University of Kansas, Campus Master Plan
Lawrence, Kansas