Deborah Pierce, AIA, CAPS, Principal, Pierce Lamb Architects
"What I like most about architecture is working with people to create spaces that make their lives better. When parents tells me that their family spends more time together because I've designed a wonderful place to be, it makes me happy. When a person with disabilities tells me they finally feel normal because they have a beautiful home, one that they can actually use, it is both thrilling and deeply rewarding.
Architecture involves both design and problem solving. Good design can calm or stimulate us, help us work more productively, think more clearly, live more easily. Problems to be solved can be technical, procedural, or programmatic. Finding the balance between these variables is the challenge; achieving it in a manner unique to each client is the reward."
Architectural Accessibility has been a special focus of Deborah's work since the firm's inception, for residential and public buildings. As national chair of the American Institute of Architects' Advisory Group for Small Project Practitioners, she raised awareness for Universal Design in private residences through the AIA's Small Project Design Awards program and a 2010 National Convention seminar that attracted over 450 attendees. Her book, The Accessible Home, was published by Taunton Press in October 2012.
Deborah holds degrees from Boston Architectural College (B. Arch) and Tufts University (Sociology & Urban Planning).