Matthew Kiefer

Lecturer in Urban Planning and Design

Area Head, Real Estate and the Built Environment MDes area group

Matthew J. Kiefer is a Director in the Boston office of the law firm Goulston & Storrs. His practice is at the intersection of private initiative and public policy, focusing on obtaining parcel dispositions and entitlements from public agencies for complex urban projects. These include market-oriented, mixed-income and affordable housing; commercial and mixed-use projects; and facilities and master plans for universities, cultural institutions and other non-profits. He co-chairs the firm’s Climate Resilience Task Force. He is a Fellow of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers and has been recognized by Chambers USA as “a pre-eminent force in development and land use work.”

In addition to his law practice, Matthew is a thought-leader in land use planning, design and development in Boston. He serves on the Advisory Board and Management Committee of ULI Boston; is an at-large member of the City of Boston’s Community Preservation Committee; is the immediate past Chair of the Boston Municipal Research Bureau, which supports best practices in municipal governance; and is an Honorary Member of the Boston Society of Architects and the American Institute of Architects.

Matthew currently teaches in the Urban Planning program and co-directs the real estate program at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He has written and spoken widely on land use topics. He is a graduate of Boston University and the University of Michigan Law School, and was a Loeb Fellow at the Harvard GSD.

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