Real estate development and land use law, with a particular focus on obtaining site control and approvals from public agencies for complex urban projects, is at the core of Matthew Kiefer's practice. These include market-oriented and affordable housing, commercial and mixed-use developments, and facilities and master plans for health care, educational, cultural and other non-profit institutions. Matthew, a Director, is the co-Chair of the Goulston & Storrs Medical, Educational and Cultural Institutions industry group and also coordinates the firm’s Green Business practice.
Matthew teaches in the Urban Planning Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and has written and spoken extensively on real estate and land use law and policy. He is active in historic preservation, public open space and land use planning, design and policy. Additionally, Matthew writes book reviews on land use planning, design and development for ArchitectureBoston, Harvard Design Magazine, Urban Land and other publications.
- Proposed 6.3-million-square-foot mixed-use development of Seaport Square on 23 acres in the South Boston Innovation District.
- Institutional master plan approvals for major Boston hospitals and universities, including Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard University and Berklee College of Music.
- Proposed air rights projects on the Rose Kennedy Greenway in downtown Boston and over the Massachusetts Turnpike.
- Development of 40 Trinity Place, a proposed hotel and residential tower in the Back Bay.
- Development of market-rate and mixed-income residential projects in South Boston, East Boston, Jamaica Plain and Brighton.
- Additions to the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and the Gardner Museum.
- Redevelopment of historic wharf buildings in the Fort Point Channel district of Boston, including the conversion of 348-354 Congress Street into FP3, a loft condominium.
Professional and Community Involvement
- Historic Preservation: President, Historic Boston Incorporated; Member, Truro Historical Commission; Acting Chair and Member, Boston Landmarks Commission, 1991-1998
- Open Space: Board of Directors, Emerald Necklace Conservancy; Arboretum Park Conservancy Advisory Board
- Planning, Design and Policy: Board of Directors, Boston Society of Architects; Alumni Council, Harvard Graduate School of Design; Vice Chair, Boston Municipal Research Bureau; Advisory Board, ULI Boston; Chair, Grant Committee, Loeb Fellowship Alumni Council; Contributing Editor, ArchitectureBoston magazine
- Teaching: Lecturer, Harvard Graduate School of Design; Guest Lecturer, Executive Education Programs, Harvard Design School, Harvard Business School, MIT Center for Real Estate, Boston University, Northeastern University
Awards and Recognition
- Vice Chair, Boston Municipal Research Bureau
- American College of Real Estate Lawyers (ACREL), Elected Fellow, 2012
- Martindale Hubbell Peer-Review Rated AV Preeminent TM
- Martindale HubbellTM Top Rated Lawyer in 'Land Use And Zoning', 2013
- Best Lawyers in America, 2008-2013
- Massachusetts Super Lawyer, 2005-2011
- Chambers USA, "America's Leading Business Lawyers", 2005-2012
- Volunteer of the Year, Emerald Necklace Conservancy, 2011