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Tamara Roy


Boston, Massachusetts

Tamara is an architect and urban designer specializing in residential, academic, and mixed use master planning projects. Voted one of Boston's Top 50 Power Women in Real Estate, she was the design team leader for the new residence tower at MassArt, described as ‘the most interesting highrise in years’ by the Boston Globe. She will become the President of the Boston Society of Architects in 2016.

Nicknamed ‘the mother of the micro-unit’, Tamara became one of the earliest promoters of compact living when she advocated for changing the policy of minimum unit sizes at a 2010 Innovation District housing symposium. She mentors the ‘What’s In’ research initiative on innovative urban living, and she is currently working on a pilot 100% affordable, compact unit building on city-owned land in South Boston.

Her design portfolio includes luxury, mixed market, and affordable housing such as Troy Boston in the South End and 225 Centre Street in Jackson Square, academic projects at Massart, Cornell, Dartmouth, and UMass Lowell, and the Yotel, a micro hotel on Seaport Boulevard. This experience serves to inform her master planning practice.

Tamara received her Bachelor of Architecture from Carnegie-Mellon, and her Masters of Urban Design and Architecture from the Berlage Institute, an international think-tank in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, where she lived in a 300 square foot apartment with her husband and baby.

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