James J. Szymanski

Jay has designed many of the recent housing developments constructed by the Planning Office for Urban Affairs, and over this period of time, he has become an integral and valued partner on our team. Our mission is to provide high quality affordable housing where people can live with dignity and respect; Jay’s vision and creativity allows us to bring our mission to reality. His design expertise and collaborative nature enable us to create housing developments that fit seamlessly within the larger community. Jay also has a wonderful way of communicating the vision of our developments in a thoughtful and thorough manner and is a master at making public presentations. From conceptual design to project completion, we rely on Jay to help us build affordable, vibrant communities so everyone has a place that they can call home.
William Grogan, President, Planning Office for Urban Affairs

A skilled planner and designer of mixed-use, commercial office, market-rate and affordable housing, adaptive reuse, and waterfront projects, Jay has earned a reputation as one of the firm’s most versatile architects in his 28 years at TAT. Valued for his open and collaborative design approach and seen as a driving force behind many of TAT’s complex projects, Jay’s portfolio includes Bower, a new mixed-use, two-building air-rights development with 312 residential units and 40,000 square feet of commercial space next to Boston’s historic Fenway Park; Lovejoy Wharf, an award-winning Boston waterfront development combining adaptive reuse with extensive new public space and an addition housing corporate headquarters for clothing brand Converse; Building 114, the adaptive reuse of a former naval facility as a new biomedical research facility for Massachusetts General Hospital; the decade-plus long redevelopment of The Anne M. Lynch Homes at Old Colony, one of the country’s oldest federal public housing communities, now with nearly 600 LEED Gold or Passive House Certified homes; and The Archer Residences, a complex transformation of two former university buildings into a 62-unit luxury condominium property regarded as one of Boston’s most desirable new addresses.

Frequently quoted in the media on topics ranging from affordable housing trends to best practices in adaptive reuse, sustainable design, and large-scale planning, Jay is recognized as a valuable resource on many of the building industry’s most important and timely subjects. His multifamily commercial and hospitality projects have won design awards and have been published at both the local and national level. Jay is active in a number of advisory groups including the Urban Land Institute. A graduate of the Wentworth Institute of Technology, he is a registered architect in Massachusetts and a LEED Accredited Professional.



    • Building 114 | Preservation Award
      Massachusetts Historical Commission
    • Building 114 | Preservation Award
      Boston Preservation Alliance
    • Harbor Place | MFE Award – Mixed Income, Merit
      Multifamily Executive
    • Harbor Place | Jack Kemp Excellence in Affordable and Workforce Housing Award
      Urban Land Institute
    • Harbor Place | AHF Reader’s Choice Award – Finalist
      Affordable Housing Finance
    • Lovejoy Wharf | Preservation Achievement Award
      Boston Preservation Alliance
    • Lovejoy Wharf | Reconstruction Awards – Silver Winner
      Building Design + Construction
    • Lovejoy Wharf | Paul E. Tsongas Award
      Preservation Massachusetts



    • American Institute of Architects
    • Boston Society of Architects
    • Urban Land Institute
    • U.S. Green Building Council