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Architecture Firm Welcomes Grandstaff-Rice

Emily Grandstaff-Rice

Boston – The incoming president of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) 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 is based in Perkins&Will’s Boston studio.

Grandstaff-Rice’s most recent projects focus on K-12 and higher education learning environments, with her most notable projects including Hildreth Elementary School in Harvard, Mass.; UMass Lowell Health and Social Sciences in Lowell, Mass.; 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.) inform Grandstaff-Rice’s design philosophy. She is a champion of J.E.D.I. in the design profession and in the communities architects serve.

“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. “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.”