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Debi McDonald, AIA, LEED AP

Debi McDonald is an architect and planner who has spent the past 25 years working in higher education design. She has partnered with numerous institutions including Harvard, MIT, Northeastern, Tufts, Brandeis, Vassar, Boston University and the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Her expertise encompasses a variety of typologies, including master plans, residence halls, administrative offices, research buildings, engineering facilities and libraries.

Debi has an active and collaborative style of client engagement. She is passionate about educating the next generation of leaders. She has taught students at the Boston Architectural Center, Catholic University, Northeastern University, Notre Dame, Syracuse University and Suffolk University. She was also the first woman to win the prestigious Rotch Traveling Scholarship which funded a year of independent architecture study and travel throughout Europe.


SPEAKING HIGHLIGHTS

Society for College and University Planning (SCUP), Effective Teams for Campus Construction, San Diego, CA, July 2013

Architecture Boston Expo, Strategies for Giving Voice to Your Communities, Boston, MA, November 15, 2012

International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories, Human Factors and Architectural Expression: Daylighting and Delighting the Researchers, October 12, 2012


CIVIC AND PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

Society for College and University Planning (SCUP), North Atlantic Regional Chair (Previous)
Society for College and University Planning (SCUP), Board of Directors (Previous)
Society for College and University Planning (SCUP), Facilities Planning Academy
Boston Society of Architects (BSA), Board of Directors (Previous)
BSA/SCUP College + University Roundtable, Co-Chair
New England Women in Real Estate (NEWIRE), Member
Town of Winthrop, School Building Committee and Academic Planning Subcommittee
Association for General Contractors (AGC) of Massachusetts, Board of Directors