Carl Solander

Lecturer in Architecture

Carl Solander, AIA, CPHC, LEED AP, is a practicing architect with a strong interest in the impact of technology on design and the built environment. Carl completed a Master's of Architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a BA in Architecture at Columbia University. Before founding Reverse Architecture, in 2007, he worked at Howeler + Yoon Architecture and MY Studio in Boston. Carl has been a lecturer in building technology at MIT and the Harvard Graduate School of Design and taught design at MIT, Wentworth Institute of Technology, and Northeastern University.  He is an active member of the Boston Society of Architects and he currently serves on the editorial board of Architecture Boston.

Carl's research interests are focused on the ways in which contemporary notions of sustainable design and digital design and fabrication methods can interact with and transform craft-based and industry-based modes of production.  Reverse Architecture, based in Somerville, MA, is dedicated to expressing this interest in hybrid production methods through built work.  A recently completed project, Micropolis Beacon Hill, received a citation for design excellence by the Boston Society of Architects in 2017.  In this project, a rehabilitation of a 150-year-old apartment building, original building materials were excavated from beneath layers of construction, preserved, reworked, and retained.  Reclaimed wood was shaped into tiles and literally imprinted with historical images of the neighborhood, producing a sculptural timeline and map that is itself a material witness to history.