ULI Boston - City Hall Plaza Renovation Panel


2022-01-25T10:00:00 - 2022-01-25T11:00:00

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    City Hall Plaza is undergoing a dramatic transformation that will replace this 50-year-old public space to be an innovative, healthy, and efficient civic hub to better serve current and future generations of Bostonians and visitors, alike.

    This seven-acre plaza is one of the City’s largest civic spaces, routinely hosting events ranging from sports celebrations and political rallies to seasonal cultural festivals. Overt time, much has changed in terms of the City’s urban context, standards of public safety and security and municipal operations since was originally designed in the 1960s. 

     Join us as we talk with the some of the participants who are responsible for taking the community feedback and replacing the sea of red brick with something more accessible for all while delivering updated programming capabilities, adding infrastructure, and improving sustainability.



    Katie Tooke

    Sasaki Associates, Inc.

    A leader in Sasaki's civic and cultural practice, Kate focuses on the design of urban parks, plazas and waterfronts. Her project leadership, strategic thinking, design eye, and technical skills have been instrumental in the success of diverse projects ranging from master planning to site-scale work. As a naturally interdisciplinary thinker, she excels at collaborating across disciplines to craft elegant, contextual solutions to complex design challenges. Prior to discovering landscape architecture, Kate was a high school math and physics teacher in the Boston Public School system. Her passion for inspiring and empowering urban youth infuses her work as a landscape architect. She values engaging stakeholders in the design of their own urban public spaces through lively workshops, and is particularly interested in civic open spaces that support the play and learning of city children. Kate pursues independent research on children’s outdoor environments, and is active in the national dialogue about improving urban play opportunities for all ages. Kate holds a master’s degree in landscape architecture from the University of Massachusetts, a master’s degree in education from Lesley University, and a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Dartmouth College. She earned the 2011 National Olmsted Scholar award, the highest honor of the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF), for her work on urban schoolyards, and has since served on LAF’s board of directors. Kate remains active in the academic world through teaching appointments at the Rhode Island School of Design and University of Massachusetts Amherst as well as through volunteer work with local public schools.


    Mark Pasnik

    Principal, OverUnder

    Mark Pasnik, AIA, is a founding principal of OverUnder and a professor of architecture at Wentworth Institute of Technology. He co-authored Heroic: Concrete Architecture and the New Boston in 2015 and a conservation management plan for Boston City Hall in 2021. Mark serves as chair of the Boston Art Commission and was selected in 2020 as an Out100 honoree, a designation which recognizes “culture-shifting impact” by members of the LGBTQ+ community. He serves as historical advisor to Sasaki on the Boston City Hall Plaza renovation project.


    Dion Irish

    Chief of Operations, City of Boston

    Dion Irish has served the city of Boston for more than 26 years in various leadership positions. He is a graduate of Dorchester High School; he earned a Bachelor degree in Political Science from Boston University, a Master of Urban Affairs from Boston University, and a Master of Public Administration Degree from Suffolk University. Dion is a dedicated and passionate public servant who held leadership positions in the Inspectional Services Department (ISD) for over a decade, including serving as Commissioner 2019 to 2021. At ISD Dion established nationally recognized policies and programs such as Breathe Easy At Home (BEAH), Rental Property Registration & Inspection, and the statewide comprehensive certification training for housing inspectors (MPHIT). As commissioner spearheaded efforts to improve ISD’s technology and processes towards improving customer service and efficiency. In 2012 Dion was appointed to lead Boston’s Office of Civil Rights, where he established interagency collaborations to address housing discrimination and to increase access to opportunities for citizens returning from incarceration. In 2014 he was selected to receive the “Henry L. Shattuck Award” for public service from the Boston Municipal Research Bureau. In 2015 Dion was appointed Commissioner of the Boston Election Department where he led the implementation of the city's first “Early Voting” period, he oversaw the administration of 11 elections, launched a citywide review of precincts & address assignments, and upgraded the department’s technology. He also collaborated with the Boston Public Schools to launch a youth focused civic engagement initiative. Most recently Dion served as Chief of Operations in Acting Mayor Janey’s administration, overseeing the Inspectional Services, Public Facilities and Property Management Departments; and coordinating multi-agency operational initiatives.

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