Matthew Kiefer

Lecturer in Urban Planning and Design

Co-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 a 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 co-chairs the Council of Advisors of Historic Boston, a non-profit redeveloper of historic buildings. He is an honorary member of the Boston Society of Architects and a contributing editor of Architecture Boston Magazine.

Matthew was a Loeb Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and is active in the Loeb Fellowship Alumni Council.  He has taught in the urban planning and real estate programs at Harvard and elsewhere, and has written and spoken widely on land use topics.  He is a graduate of Boston University and the University of Michigan Law School.