Tour of Harvard’s Science & Engineering Complex

Monday, Jun 10, 2024

Special Lunch Break Event!: Join us for an exclusive tour with Behnisch Architekten, the German architectural firm behind the innovative, sustainable and award-winning Science and Engineering Complex (SEC), Harvard’s most significant new building constructed in a generation. Called a “climate resilient marvel” (Living Architecture Monitor), “a hallmark of sustainability, but also proves that modern architecture can be beautiful”(Harvard Crimson), the building stands out in Allston and literally shines through an exterior steel lattice which is precisely designed to mitigate solar heat in the summer and allowing sunlight to penetrate during the winter.

The tour will be led by Matt Noblett, partner of the Boston office of Behnisch Architects and one of the two lead architects of this remarkable project, explaining key elements of its innovative and award-winning design and sustainable building technologies.

Curious? You can read about the buildling here, but it will not replace the experience of touring the building with the lead architect!

Photo Credit: Behnisch Architekten

Date: Monday, June 10, 2024
Time: 11:30AM to 1PM; followed by optional lunch (1PM to 2PM)
Location: Science & Engineering Building, 150 Western Avenue, Allston
Tickets:  free for GABC members | $20 for non-members (registration now closed)
Lunch is optional and will be ordered prior to the tour from Swiss Bakers at an additional cost of $15/per person (member or non-member). 

As Partner in the Boston office of Behnisch Architekten, Robert Matthew (Matt) Noblett has overall responsibility for the performance of the office and the projects conducted within it. Immersed in the world of drawing and model-building since his teens, Matt has built a career over more than 25 years involved with and directing highly complex civic, institutional, academic and commercial projects. His role as a facilitator of the multiple design tasks necessary to advance large-scale design work ensures that decision-making can be made on an expeditious basis while conforming to the rigorous design standards of the office. Matt’s amicable nature and collaborative working approach make him equally at home with clients and users as with his fellow architects and engineers. He has simultaneously managed a schedule of lectures and periodic teaching appointments at a variety of institutions of higher learning. Matt was elevated to the AIA College of Fellows in 2022. Matt received his M.Arch from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.