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Urban Pioneer

Stephen Chung ’91By Amber Cleveland

Stephen Chung ’91 knows that beneath the surface of the buttoned-down, traditional style of Boston lies a yearning for modern design that will bring the city’s historic structures into the 21st century. As the design director of Urbanica, a Boston-based design/development firm, he’s helping to spearhead a modern design revolution in the city — breathing life into Boston’s deteriorating buildings by transforming the underutilized spaces into icons of modern living.

A dramatic conversion of Boston’s former D-4 police station — built in the 1930s — into 26 luxury residential units is currently the firm’s most high-profile project. Called YooD4, the undertaking is a collaborative effort between Urbanica and worldrenowned designer Philippe Starck, best known for his highly acclaimed hotel designs, including The Hudson in New York City, The Mondrian in Los Angeles, and The Delano in Miami, as well as restaurants, retail spaces, and products for the home.

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