Joan never meant to be an architect. She had never even met an architect before going to college, where she graduated with a degree in philosophical psychology. When seeking career guidance from her father, her untapped passions and visual awareness were awoken when he reminded her of her strengths: math and artistry. Her path was clear.
After graduating from Harvard GSD with a masters in architecture, Joan was determined to find her voice as a woman in the field and to channel her passions to deliver impact, project after project. Her acute attention to detail and ability to communicate with both colleagues and clients alike (that degree in psychology!) naturally positioned her to seek outcomes that focus on how people interact in the space and the impact the experience has on them.
This awareness led Joan to help with the development and rollout of Fitwel, a health-and-wellness rating system for buildings that promote active design strategies, along with the U.S. General Service Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The system promotes healthy workplace environments and improving occupant health through building design and operation strategies.