Magic happens when community members are an integral part of the changes happening around them.

Isenberg Projects is a creative consulting agency based in Boston that specializes in place-based work and community engagement.

The best communities are hyper collaborative and inclusive. We work with clients to create and manage strategic cultural plans to activate their places. We use data-driven community placemaking as a method to support art & culture, creativity and togetherness.

Flexible urbanism can support equitable and compelling built environments. We are the translator between a variety of stakeholders driving purpose-led change and shared value.

Featured Case Studies

Harvard-Allston Initiative: Zone 3

Harvard University | Western Ave Corridor

A hybrid of a digital and physical placemaking initiative known as Zone 3. Zone 3 highlights the meaningful connection between Allston’s passion towards art and creative opportunities in the neighborhood and the development of the built environment along Western Ave.

The Fenway

Samuels & Associates | The Fenway

An adaptive reuse of a former Sunoco station in the heart of the Fenway neighborhood, now a home for community programs, experimentation, and proof of concept for a future park.

Open Newbury Street

City of Boston | Newbury St.

Sixteen weeks of car free Sundays in Boston’s most well-known shopping district.

Sunset at Arsenal Yards highlighing the floral mural by Louise Jones

10 World Trade

Boston Global Investors | Boston Seaport

An opportunity to set the standard for community engagement in the district, with an emphasis on diversity, arts and culture, and wellness.

People participating in Design Night activities with arts and crafts


Design Night Boston | Boston Seaport

Connecting the local creative community, designers, and Autodesk employees through engaging events, activities, and speaker series.

People participating in Design Night activities with arts and crafts

Reserved Channel

Oxford Properties | South Boston

Community-informed master planning of a 42-acre parcel through events, programs, surveys, and a lending-library of activities. Recreation Station, a free community lending library of activities, was conceptualized as a way to gather community feedback about ways to create more life along the waterfront in South Boston.

Pop-Ups + Retail

Retail Consulting | Greater Boston & Beyond

Since 2011 we’ve created over a 100 short term retail experiences and pilot programs to spurn economic growth drivers in suffering retail markets to delivering proof of concept and/ or to support gaps within districts.

Studio Allston Hotel with Cotton Candy sunset illuminating the building

Studio Allston Hotel

The Davis Companies | Allston, MA

Over 20 local artists, 117 unique hotel rooms, and 4 immersive hotel suites took the former “worst hotel in Boston” into one of the best reviewed and constantly booked hotels in the city.

Make It Happen Residency

Mentorship & Non-Profit Work

Each year we partner with a non-profit organization or small business that is looking to maximize their impact within their community. We offer a bank of agency time in addition to serving as a mentor, advocate, and ongoing resource beyond the annual residency.

Sunset at Arsenal Yards highlighing the floral mural by Louise Jones

Arsenal Yards

Boylston Properties | Watertown, MA

A robust programmatic and public art plan to shift perceptions of the property’s past life while shaping Watertown’s newest urban mixed use development.

Roxbury Youth Programs

Roxbury Youth Programs | Roxbury, MA

A unique visual identity project in order to differentiate Roxbury Youth Programs from its parent organization and enhance its appeal to local youth.

Sunset at Arsenal Yards highlighing the floral mural by Louise Jones

GATHER Fall River

Mass Development TDI | Fall River, MA

Cultivating a creative space in Fall River at the crossroads of design, art, and manufacturing through operations planning, programming, design and marketing.

The Innovation and Design Building

Jamestown Properties  | Boston Seaport

The creation of consumer facing engagements through targeted activations focusing on retail, design, and community engagement in order to support office leasing and foster a culture and community awareness of the property’s ground floor retail.

Shake up the future with a glimpse into our past…

The Blog

Crafting Language for Collaboration

By Anna Ferrari

We recently wrapped on a unique design collaboration defining the visual identity of Roxbury Youth Program. Through this process, Design and Marketing Coordinator, Anna Ferrari uncovered a new education-first approach towards the complexities of multi-team-member creation and consensus.

In The News

Boston’s residential neighborhoods are thriving, while downtown struggles

The Boston Globe

“The pandemic showed us how precarious the ecosystem of Main Street has really been all along,” Woodward said. “People realized that shopping local really is not just about shopping in the Greater Boston area. It’s about shopping within your own ZIP code.”

Join The Team

We are Hiring!

Are you passionate about shaping the future of our cities? Our Community Impact Department is on the lookout for a dynamic Urban Planning + Design Coordinator who is ready to make a difference.

If you’re someone who loves to explore, question the status quo, and dream big about how cities function, learn more and apply for our Urban Planning + Design Coordinator position.


Opportunities for partners, businesses, and the creative community

We’re always looking for new ways to work with a wide range of artists, brands, food trucks, musicians, and other creatives to produce the most exciting and innovative work in and around Boston. Explore different capacities in which you can get involved.