Demographics in Boston's Downtown Crossing

Supernormal is a multidisciplinary design, research, and planning company. We design buildings, build software, and collaborate across scales of the built environment to transform our urban places.

Our approach

We bring together observations and agendas that we find essential to contemporary design practice but rarely observe in the wild:

Our work is replicable, prototypical, and scalable. We create designs and strategies that can be utilized across a variety of conditions and that also have the capability to sensitively negotiate context by location.

We plan and design for change over time. By embracing rapid changes in culture, technology, and climate as a constant, our goal is to build flexibility into the DNA of our work. We create designs that are locally sensitive but flexible enough to allow for the inevitable change of space as it evolves over time.

We engage new forms of granular urban data that can provide us with quantitative information to reliably track change over time and change over location. Right now, “Smart Cities” efforts are largely led by computer programmers and hardware developers that care a lot about cities. We are designers and planners that care a lot about computers and data.

What we do

We design buildings, build software, and collaborate across scales of the built environment to future-proof our urban places.

Who we are

Elizabeth Christoforetti

Elizabeth Christoforetti

Contact: echristo [at] supernormal.io

Elizabeth Christoforetti is an architectural and urban designer. She received a Master in Architecture with Distinction from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, where she received the Henry Adams Medal, the school’s highest academic honor. Elizabeth also studied religion at Bowdoin College in Maine and fine arts at the Art Institute of Chicago. She has taught architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and Northeastern University, and has served as a researcher in the Social Computing Group at the MIT Media Lab. Elizabeth grew up in Pittsburgh and now lives in Cambridge with her family.

Will Cohen

Will Cohen

Contact: wcohen [at] supernormal.io

Will Cohen integrates technology, mapping, and quantitative analysis into urban planning. In addition to using standard geospatial information to look at patterns in the city, he is particularly interested in the growing use of non-traditional datasets and analytic tools to add nuance to this work.

He received a Master in Urban Planning from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, studied sociology and English literature at the University of Chicago, and was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mozambique. He teaches geographic information systems and mapping at the Boston College Carroll School of Management.

Nathan Fash

Nathan Fash

Contact: nfash [at] supernormal.io

Nathan Fash is a registered architect and a registered construction supervisor with over a decade of experience in academic, commercial, residential, and historical contexts.

He holds a Master in Architecture degree with Distinction from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and was awarded the Henry Adams Medal. His background in fine arts led him to a hands-on, detail oriented, and process driven approach to design thinking and making.

Since the fall of 2015, he has been Assistant Professor of Architecture at Roger Williams University, where he teaches courses on construction technology and graduate level design studios. He is a native speaker of Spanish and fluent in Italian, and has worked in Italy, Honduras, and Turkey.

Who we work with

Our clients and partners include established companies and start-ups, real estate developers, cities, foundations, and cultural nonprofits.