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  I’m continually energized by teaming with and learning from other experts as we collaborate to solve mission-critical design and real estate challenges.

Frederick Kramer

Vice President, Regional Business Leader, Buildings (US Northeast)

Boston, Massachusetts

A passionate believer in the power of teamwork and collaboration to elevate design outcomes, Fred stresses the importance of client-centered process, communication, investigation, and inquiry.

Fred’s commitment to “design with community in mind” translates into his active engagement in numerous industry, cultural, and philanthropic organizations—where architects’ problem-solving abilities stand to make a real difference. A past chair of the Urban Land Institute, Fred is also a member of the Boston Society of Architects and NAIOP.

Prior to joining Stantec, Fred was the long-time president of ADD Inc. There, his focus on diversifying markets and services created a well-balanced multidisciplinary practice, and his mentorship of young designers and mid-career professionals cultivated the next generation of design and management leaders.


This engaged leadership style combined with his expertise in multi-family residential, commercial/mixed-use buildings, corporate workplace, and college and university projects supports the continued growth of our commercial group.

In a recent presentation at BisNow’s State of the Seaport event, I talked about our challenges: rising construction costs, flattening high rents, sea level rise, and a potentially “past-peak” economy. But with this mixed-use environment, the Seaport still continues as a strong contributor to Boston’s place as a top-five capital flow destination in the country.

A broader geography and a multidisciplinary approach means greater opportunity for staff and greater value for clients. In my most recent Design, Develop, Construct (DDC) article, I discussed the evolving challenges faced by mid-sized design firms in the US and commented about the rationale behind ADD Inc’s Acquisition by Stantec in 2014.

If you’re a leader building alignment within your organization, take a look through Simon Sinek’s Start with why: How great leaders inspire everyone to take action.

As a board member, I contribute to two non-profits: Art in Giving and Building Impact.

As a Home for Little Wanderers alum, I have a lifelong connection this organization. I’ve served on their board, received a Voices and Visions award for leadership in our community, and donated many architecture and interior design services to this great organization. As one of Boston’s most highly regarded child services agencies, the work that is done each day with our less fortunate youth reassures me that there will be more stories similar to my own—which is a good one! 

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