Griscel A. Diaz graduated from The Boston Architectural College in May of in 2011 with a Bachelor of Architecture. She has over 11 years of experience working at various architecture firms in Connecticut and in the Boston area. Griscel's professional experience ranges from high-end residential, high-end hospitality, commercial, healthcare, and educational institutions.
Aside from working full-time at Tappé Architects as a designer, Griscel is also a tutor for the Learning Resource Center at the BAC, and she is a degree project advisor for students currently in the Design Studies Program.
Griscel enjoys the conceptual phase of design the most. She is very passionate about social impact design and public interest design. She holds the SEED (Sustainable Economic Environmental Design) certification by Design Corps. Griscel serves on the board of advisors for BR+A+CE, a non-profit organization with successful projects like "The Big Hammock" and "Tilt-Down Fence." She spends a lot of her time volunteering in these organizations: United Way, Architecture for Humanity, Common Boston, YouthBuild Boston's Designery, and United Neighbors of Lower Roxbury. She has also volunteered with Canstruction Boston, where her team won Structural Ingenuity for two years in a row, and Kid's Build, sponsored by the Boston Society of Architects.
Griscel also participated in the Design Exchange Boston (DxB) Social Innovation Challenge in partnership with the Boston Women's Fund; her team won first place. She also spent some time in Oaxaca, Mexico building a library with the Proyecto Bibliotecas Infantiles en la Costa de Oaxaca. Currently she's working on personal projects, like "Take a Picture, Leave a Memory" as an art installation and community engagement project, as well as the design of "The New Esplanade" Community Center in Mexico City.
Her philosophy as a designer is to use her skills to understand the culture, values, and intentions at play in each design problem she is faced with in order to reach a more appropriate and meaningful solution, always considering the impact in the community and public interest.
Her interests outside of architecture include cycling, kayaking, hiking, and camping, as well as sewing, repurposing furniture, and building things.