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AIA President Grandstaff-Rice Joins Perkins&Will

Emily Grandstaff-Rice
Emily Grandstaff-Rice
BOSTON, MA — The President of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the largest professional organization of architects in the U.S., has joined Perkins&Will. Emily Grandstaff-Rice, FAIA, will use her national platform to advance equity, decarbonization, research, and evidence-based design across the industry. She said she was drawn to Perkins&Will because of a clear alignment between her values and the firm’s — and sees Perkins&Will as an industry leader with the power to effect widespread positive change.

“Perkins&Will’s focus on climate action, social equity, and research is unparalleled in the industry, and I feel strongly that by joining the firm, I’ll be able to translate my passions into meaningful action on a national and even international scale,” said Grandstaff-Rice, who is based in Perkins&Will’s Boston studio. “I envision this next stage of my career as one in which I collaborate with interdisciplinary teams in support of creating safer, healthier, and more responsive architecture.”

Grandstaff-Rice’s portfolio includes work for a wide range of clients. Her most recent projects focus on K-12 and higher education learning environments. Her most notable projects include Hildreth Elementary School in Harvard, Massachusetts; UMass Lowell Health and Social Sciences in Lowell, Massachusetts; and Boston Children’s Museum in Boston.

In addition to her interest in educational typologies, broader themes around justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (J.E.D.I.) motivate Grandstaff-Rice and inform her design philosophy. As former Chair of the AIA’s Equity in Architecture Commission, she was instrumental in creating “Guides for Equitable Practice” that outline actions design firms can take to achieve equity. She vows to continue advocating for best practices in J.E.D.I. during her AIA presidency.

“Emily’s experience in the education market will beautifully complement our Boston studio’s K-12 and higher ed practices, and I’m sure our clients will love her contributions,” said Yanel de Angel, Managing Director of Perkins&Will Boston and member of the board of directors. “Additionally, her ... national role as AIA President — combined with her 2014 role as President of the Boston Society of Architects — has cemented her role as a highly influential voice in the industry. We’re delighted she’s chosen Perkins&Will as her new professional home.”

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