Founder + Director
Russell Preston is founder of Principle Group, a planning, design, and development firm focused on creating authentic places. He has worked as a designer and urbanist since 1999 on a variety of public and private projects throughout the United States and is currently developing several mixed-use infill buildings in the greater Boston region. As a national leader in city planning and urban design, he has contributed to the Tactical Urbanism guides and is editor of “Living Urbanism”, a publication on contemporary urban design and city building. He currently serves as a Commissioner of Boston’s Air Pollution Control Commission and on the board of directors for Boston’s South End Washington Gateway Mainstreet. Russell served on the national board of directors for the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) from 2009 to 2017 and was president of the CNU New England Chapter from 2007 to 2012. Prior to founding Principle Group, Russell worked with Cornish Associates on the redevelopment of downtown Providence, RI and Mashpee Commons, a mixed-use neighborhood on Cape Cod. In 2010 he received the Faculty Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Profession from the University of Miami. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture, and the University of Miami master’s program in architecture and urban design. Russell lives in Boston with his wife, artist Gillian Christy, and their son.