DEBORAH PIERCE AIA, PRINCIPAL
Founding partner, project architect and firm manager, Deborah works closely with our clients and contractors throughout design and construction. With a professional rigor honed in public work, and the agility required in the private sector, Deborah leads the design team for each project. These complementary strengths, along with strong communication and organizational skills, characterize all her projects.
A passion for creating spaces that can be used and enjoyed by everyone has been the foundation of Deborah's work for over three decades. For both public buildings - city halls, courthouses, police stations and libraries - as well as private residences, the commitment to accessibility - in the design process as well as the overall building - is present in all her projects. Her book The Accessible Home: Designing for All Ages and Abilities (The Taunton Press, published in 2012) has received critical acclaim and been on Amazon's home improvement best-seller list. She is a frequent speaker on the many ways that responsive design can transform disabilities to abilities.
In addition to her design practice, Deborah has long been active in the professional community. As national chair of the AIA Advisory Group for Small Project Practitioners, she has raised awareness for Universal Design in private residences. As co-chair of the Women In Design Conference and also the BSA Small Firms Network, she has created meaningful events for the Boston design community. Deborah is also an accomplished artist and stonemason.
Boston Architectural College, B.Arch. 1977
Tufts University, B.A. 1971 Sociology & Urban Planning
2009 Honor Award for Accessible Design, Boston Society of Architects and MA Architectural Access Board
2011 Award of Excellence, Boston Society of Architects and Women In Design
Selected Project Experience:
Residential renovations, additions, and new construction
Commercial and retail renovations, facades and interiors
Design guidelines for downtown revitalization
Building envelope and waterproofing repairs
Building forensic evaluations
Feasibility studies for building re-use, systems upgrades, deferred maintenance
AIA Small Project Practitioners Advisory Group, Member 2005-2010, Chair 2009
Boston Society of Architects (BSA) Women In Design Conference, Co-Chair 2003
BSA Small Firms Committee Co-Chair, 1992-2002
Selected Workshops & Seminars:
"Homes for the Future: Beyond Universal Design" – AIA Convention 2010, Miami FL
“Small Project Design Honor Awards” – AIA Convention 2009, San Francisco CA
“Success Strategies in Small Firm Operations” – AIA Convention 2009, San Francisco CA
“Guerilla Architecture” – BSA Residential Design Conference 2009, Boston MA
“Design Firm Tune-up” – AIA Convention 2007, San Antonio TX
“Business Seminar for Architects” – AIANM Conference 2007, Albuquerque NM
“Fee Setting” – BSA Build Boston 2008
“Stonemasonry: The Bridge Between Landscape and Architecture” – Harvard GSD Executive Education, 2003 and 2004
“Stonemasonry for Architects” – BSA Build Boston 2002
Design is both problem solving and poetry. Problems involve both space and form. Skill-sets range from building technology to project management. The opportunity for poetry exists at all levels – a design that sings, a team that hums, a client that smiles. We seek to create spaces, as well as a design process, where everyone can participate to the extent they are able. The spirit of collaboration, synthesis, and communication characterizes our approach to working with the project team at each stage. We believe that successful projects both comprise and transcend good design, bringing excellence to the process of identifying and solving problems within the built environment. Satisfying the special needs of each project is both our goal and our reward.
Pierce Lamb Architects brings a strong team approach to each project. With a full roster of consultants and engineers, and a proven track record of successful working relationships, our team provides specialized expertise without the overhead of a large firm. A small firm is uniquely qualified to give each client both the full attention of team leaders and the continuity of staff members from start to finish, while also ensuring qualified and responsible decision-making at each stage.
TESTIMONIALS: Residential Clients
“With the help of Deb and her team we had the opportunity to design and build our house in a way that includes our daughter as fully as possible. The modifications have made it possible for her to be more independent and engaged in daily life…. We live every day in a house that fills us with joy. We are so grateful to Deb Pierce and her entire team for making our dream come true.” – Katharine Davidge, Homeowner
“I am delighted to recommend the architectural services of Pierce Lamb Architects…. The results of our addition far exceeded our expectations. Deb exemplified a variety of qualities that served us in our project: creativity, vision, flexibility, interpersonal skill, and integrity.” - Margaret Baim, Homeowner “The kitchen you designed is perfect in all respects and we are grateful for that.” – Randy Bairnsfarther, Homeowner
“It is with great appreciation and affection that I recommend the architectural services of Deborah Pierce and Pierce Lamb Architects…. Deb worked tirelessly to help us create our dream home. Her professional and courteous manner, coupled with her knowledge and attention to detail, helped to make an overwhelming process much more bearable.… The lines of communication were always open and the exchange of ideas and input was constant.” – Candy Kossow Gold, Homeowner
"We love our (new family room) and are very pleased with the results and all the attention to details. We spend more time together, and there are spaces for all family members to play and work. We also are entertaining more and have hosted multiple families at once. We love how (the project) improved the flow of the house, leading us to use rooms more often that before were vacant. Thanks for all of your time and patience." – Erica Mayer and Doug Drachman, Homeowner
“We wanted to let you know how much we are enjoying living in our new renovated space. Your help and insight throughout this whole process was enormous. We appreciate living in it more each day.” – Helene Goldberg and Jon Van, Homeowners
“Deborah Pierce showed extraordinary respect for my budget and honored my taste in design. … Very collaborative and supportive style. Great productive relationship with the builder. Terrific sense of integrating design. I enjoyed working with her so much I hired her a second time!” – Barbara Bates, Homeowner
“I worked with Deb Pierce on a major first floor and kitchen renovation. We worked for several months putting together a plan that reflected my style and personal needs. Deb's ideas for the use of space were out of the box and fantastic. The help she gave me choosing a contractor was invaluable. Given the scope of this project I needed help and I got it. The job was completed on time and on budget, almost a miracle. I have no reservations about recommending Deb.” – Sheryl Comenzo, Homeowner
TESTIMONIALS: Public and Commercial Clients
“Pierce Lamb carried out its responsibilities with us with the highest levels of professional expertise and personal commitment… I am pleased to give my unqualified endorsement to the firm.” – Patricia Deyton, CEO, American Red Cross
“Pierce Lamb Architects took great care in accommodating the desires of the community… and were quite receptive to public input. The Town appreciated the extra efforts that PLA made in regard to this project.” – Pamela Ellsworth, Chair, Dover Board of Selectmen
“Their staff managed complexity well, producing exhaustive, well-organized studies of (our) needs. Their work included extensive interaction with staff and executive departments. They handled both the analytic and personal aspects of these interactions well.” – John Stainton, Director, Court Facilities Unit, MA DCPO
“Pierce Lamb Architects was required to perform within an aggressive timeframe. They were responsive to our schedule demands. The products were consistent professional in their execution. Deborah Pierce directly oversaw our planning project in a thoughtful and thorough manner. Her ability to respond to the complex issues of the (Hospital) was commendable.” – Robert Wakefield, Executive Director, Lemuel Shattuck Hospital
“Deborah’s personal dedication to the project, her interpersonal skills and ability to be flexible and open-minded resulted in studies that were performed on schedule, within budget, and to the satisfaction of the parties involved.” – Beth Rubenstein, Director of Programming, MA DCPO
“Ms. Pierce demonstrated superior expertise in leading diverse groups to a consensus on a preferred approach to revitalizing Norwood Center. I unhesitatingly recommend (this) firm.” – Stephen Costello, Norwood Town Planner
“Pierce Lamb Architects did a great job and we have nothing but good things to say about them.” – Roy Gilbert, Director, Winchendon Community Development Office
We seek to create spaces, as well as a design process, where everyone can participate. The spirit of collaboration, synthesis, and communication characterizes our approach to working with the project team at each stage. We believe that successful projects both comprise and transcend good design, bringing excellence to the process of identifying and solving problems within the built environment. Satisfying the special needs of each project is both our goal and our reward.