ICON is a design firm motivated by a belief in design’s ability to positively transform, empower and restore. We delight in the process, enriched by collaboration and a commitment to ongoing dialogue and discovery. We champion innovative environments that strengthen connections to people and place, fortify communities and create enduring value.
ICON is located in the heart of downtown Boston on the top floor of a historic flatiron building, overlooking the Dewey Square farmers market. With easy access from MBTA lines and a bustling, revitalized Downtown Crossing at our doorstep, we are inspired daily by the City around us. Our open office space, lit by deep skylights and windows all around, offers flexible collaboration spaces that promote sharing and lively interaction.
At ICON, our hard work is fueled by passion and humor and balanced by plenty of fun. We are united in our commitment to exceptional and innovative design, ignited by a shared desire to cultivate and engage in the world around us. A women-led firm, our studio embraces diversity and encourages collaboration. Together, we foster and celebrate individual and collective growth.
ICON donates a percentage of our time probono to volunteering our design services to non-profits that engage communities in need.
Our work integrates intelligent design and construction methods with high performance and passive strategies to reduce energy demand and improve comfort and performance.
ICON gives a portion of its profits to numerous charities, targeting those we believe “do good” by supporting healthy communities and environmental stewardship.
Love where you LIVE
Our new paradigms for living range from infill transit-oriented development to innovative adaptive reuse, creating sustainable communities that energize residents and neighbors alike. We make better places for people to build their lives.view projects
LEARN in inspired surroundings
Our Education Studio partners with colleges, universities, and diverse institutions to realize thoughtful design solutions that address the broad range of issues facing our clients today. Our unique design and delivery process is complemented by strong leadership, consensus-building ,and a robust knowledge of sustainable building practices.view projects
RENEW inherent value
Whether completely transformed or strategically optimized, we believe that reinvigorated buildings offer extraordinary, sustainable value. Our creative repositioned projects celebrate rich history while embracing contemporary life.view projects
SUSTAIN our environment
Our work integrates intelligent design and construction methods with high performance and passive strategies to reduce energy demand and improve comfort and performance. Our commitment to sustainable design, smart growth and resilience creates healthy communities that restore our environment.view projects
Nancy Ludwig FAIA, LEED AP
Nancy leads our innovative “LIVE” practice with deep experience designing award-winning projects. Clients laud her creativity, enthusiasm and "get-it-done" commitment. She leads ICON's creative design staff and multi-million-dollar projects with sensitivity to local and regional contexts.
Janis Mamayek AIA, LEED AP
Janis manages staff across multiple project scales and types, while also leading our “RENEW” practice. Her recent work focuses on optimizing value in existing buildings through environmentally‐conscious design and culturally-conscious preservation with a commitment to high performance solutions.
Ned Collier AIA, LEED AP
In its work for institutions, Ned’s “LEARN” practice realizes boldly responsive projects for clients through collaborative design processes engaging all constituents. His optimism and holistic approach to the design process serve clients well. He is a frequent speaker at the Society of College and University Planners (SCUP).