Deborah Pierce

Speech Topics:
The Accessible Home
Homes for the Future: Accessible, Universal, and Beautiful
New Life for Old Houses: Updating with Universal Design
Accessible Homes: Minimizing Disabilities through Design
Raising a Child with Disabilities: Designing Family-Centered Homes
Accessible Bathrooms: Designed for Safety
Tailored to the Chef: Accessible Kitchens
Homes for Better Seeing
Homes for Better Hearing
Universal and Accessible Homes: Issues for Developers

Deborah Pierce, AIA, is one of our nation’s leading architects and the author of The Accessible Home: Creating a House for All Ages & Abilities (The Taunton Press, October 2012).

Pierce is founding partner, project architect, and firm manager of Pierce Lamb Architects in Newton, Mass. Architectural accessibility for residential and public buildings has been a special focus of Deborah’s work since the firm’s inception in 1980. As national chair of the AIA Advisory Group for Small Project Practitioners, she has raised awareness for universal design in private residences through the AIA’s “Small Project Design Awards” program and seminars across the country. 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.

Her firm has won numerous design awards including the 2011 Award of Excellence from the Boston Society of Architects and the 2009 Honor Award for Accessible Design from the MA Architectural Access Board. Deborah is also an accomplished artist and stonemason.

Pierce is a Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) with AARP and the National Association of Home Builders. She holds a Bachelor’s in sociology and urban planning from Tufts University and a Bachelor’s in architecture from Boston Architectural College.

Pierce speaks regularly around the nation to retirement organizations, finance and estate planners, real estate agents, health care organizations, and organizations concerned with Americans with disabilities.

Travels from Boston.

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