We believe the best design process is an ongoing, engaged conversation with our clients. So bring your experience, your opinions, and your questions. We’ll provide the Crayola markers. Oh wait, and a model and VR Goggles.

Creating a “setting for an enriched life.” – Wilson Butler Architects

About Us

We are an award-winning architecture and interior design studio with offices in Boston and 23 years of expertise in architecture for the arts and entertainment. Our projects span a wide-range within this specialty area, including civic performing arts centers, new and renovated educational arts facilities, and the design of state-of-the-art entertainment venues.

A team of 27 talented and committed individuals, we design environments that create experiences with an engaging process, an eye for the theatrical, and a compelling vision.  We enjoy pushing creative boundaries and understand how to create social spaces where people love to be and can’t wait to return to.

Feasibility Studies, Programming, Master Planning, Full-Service Architectural Design, Interior Design, Construction Administration.


Together, we are…

Fun. We laugh, daily. More than daily. It’s interspersed among diligent work.
Adventurous. Like hiking Mount Everest, walking across the desert, captaining a boat or starting on a road trip with no particular destination in mind.
Creative. We have fantastical ideas and are filled with a childlike obsession to create.
Tactical. We anticipate challenges, forecast solutions and untangle complications before obstacles become major headaches.
Collaborative. We work in a studio environment where all voices are heard, all ideas are tested and all hands are on deck.
Multicultural. Our staff is from Colombia, Spain, Vietnam, all united by their passion for design.

The Client Experience

Together, we…

Embolden our clients to think differently.
Deepen our relationships with our clients to be an extension of their organization.
Believe in a holistic design approach by inviting open and thorough dialogue.
Encourage every client, and every consultant, to be as invested in the design as we are.

“They helped us imagine what we could not imagine on our own.”

– Kelley Shanley, President & CEO Broward Center for the Performing Arts

History and Legacy

We are part of history…

We don’t like to brag often but the roots of our studio reach back to Benjamin Thompson, a founding member of The Architects’ Collaborative (TAC) in Cambridge together with Walter Gropius.
WBA’s founding directors, Scott Wilson and Scott Butler, began careers working for Benjamin Thompson + Associates, a firm that emphasized buildings are about creating a “setting for an enriched way of life.” That approach is still honored today as we design facilities which meet each client’s unique requirements, respond to the individual physical context of each site, and celebrate the joy embodied in the arts.


Recent News

  • November 05, 2021

    Wilson Butler Architects Wins FIVE Canstruction Boston 2021 Awards

    More than 2,875 cans of food and an additional $5,576.00 (16,728 meals) were raised for the Merrimack Valley Food Bank.

  • November 02, 2021

    The Parker: Top five highlights for this remarkable renovation

    “The project turned out just great! We have had so many people, random patrons even, tell us how happy they are with what we’ve done with the Parker…(WBA has) so clearly achieved the goals we had in the beginning, capturing its original charm, accenting the heritage, but making it feel fresh and renewed. Of course, for us, all the additional functionality helps so much.”- Kelley Shanley, President & CEO

  • September 27, 2021

    Wilson Butler Architects Names Four New Principals

    Wilson Butler Architects is pleased to announce the promotion of four senior associates to principals: Alastair Battson; Kelly Chiaradonna, NCIDQ, IIDA; Chris Dynia, AIA; and Joshua Stiling, AIA.