If you’ve dined in Boston over the past two decades, you’ve likely seen Stephen Sousa’s work. The star restaurant designer and architect opened his eponymous firm in the late ’90s and now, 14 years later, has an enviable portfolio that includes the area’s hottest restaurants: Blue Dragon and Alma Nove, plus the soon-to-open spots Stephi’s in Southie and Alden & Harlow. We caught up with Sousa in his Fort Point studio to learn more about bringing great restaurant design into the home.
You can’t miss Bill Rawn. On the beach near his second home in Provincetown, on the street by his downtown office, even inside the Cambridge Public Library (where he’s pictured), his 6-foot-7 frame is usually the tallest around. His building designs—including Boston’s elegant W Hotel and Residences and the Ozawa Concert Hall at Tanglewood—share a similar prominence. It’s for this reason that his firm, William Rawn Associates, has earned 181 awards in the past 26 years. We caught up with the lawyer turned architectural hero to learn more about his inspirations.