Nathalie Beauvais

Design Critic in Urban Planning and Design

AIA Int'l Associate, APA, LEED AP

Nathalie Beauvais is principal for the climate change practice at Kleinfelder. Through her leadership, the firm has established its prominence in climate change risk assessment, adaptation planning, and resiliency projects. As an architect, planner and urban designer, Ms. Beauvais brings design to the forefront of her projects for resilient infrastructures and nature-based solutions. Her work also centers on the built and social environments for the development of resilient urban design guidelines and social infrastructures. She is currently leading the planning and implementation of climate change projects for several cities and state agencies in the Northeast.

The projects she has led have received several awards including the C40 Cities Bloomberg Philanthropies Award for the Cities4Tomorrow for Climate Ready DC [2017], the Silver Award, Engineering Excellence for the Massport Resiliency Plan from the American Council of Engineering [2015] and the Boston Society of Landscape Architects Honor Award for the Vermont Law School Master Plan [2011]. Her work was showcased in exhibits on climate change at the Boston Museum of Sciences and the Cambridge Center for the Arts. The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) also featured a video produced for the Cambridge Preparedness Plan as a model for public engagement with science and technology. [2019]

Early in her career, Ms. Beauvais worked as an architect and a planner for the Boston Redevelopment Authority where she developed expertise working on large interdisciplinary projects. As Principal Architect for Harvard University’s Allston Initiative, Ms. Beauvais was responsible for the design coordination and review of architecture and infrastructure projects for the campus expansion. She was instrumental in the adoption of the master plan supporting technical innovation to achieve high sustainability goals and high design standards.

Ms. Beauvais has long been active in the local architecture, civic and educational community. She started an initiative at the Boston Society of Architects and the Boston Society of Landscape Architects to sponsor the design and construction of playgrounds for refugees and their hosting communities named the Global Design Initiative (GDI) for Refugees. Two playgrounds have been built for Syrian refugees in Lebanon with contributions from Harvard University, Mass College of Arts, MIT, Northeastern University and several donors from the Boston design community. The Initiative also supported a local nonprofit in securing a grant for the design and construction of a park in Dorchester for populations at risk.

Ms. Beauvais has contributed to publications on climate change including the Urban Land Institute reports on “the Urban Implications of Living with Heat” [2019] and “the Urban Implications of Living with Water” [2014]. She presented her work at national and international conferences as a member of ICLEI, a global network of local governments for sustainability. She taught both at the Wentworth Institute of Technology as well as Northeastern University. She holds a master’s degree in architecture in urban design from Harvard University and a Baccalaureate in Architecture from Laval University in Quebec.