Debi is an articulate advocate for a humanistic approach that combines facilitated dialogue and strategic exploration within a framework of context and purpose.
Debi McDonald is an Architect and Project Director who has focused her 30-year career on programming, planning, design, and management for projects related to Higher Education. She is an articulate advocate for a humanistic approach that combines facilitated dialogue and strategic exploration within a framework of context and purpose.
Debi is a longtime contributor to the national and regional discourse on design for education. She was elevated to AIA Fellowship for her contributions to facilitating planning and design excellence for higher education venues. In addition to her collaboration with clients, institutions and project teams, she contributes her time to professional organizations working at the forefront on issues of design. Debi is a former BSA Board member; current Co-Chair of the BSA/SCUP College + University Roundtable; and former SCUP National Board member and Chair of the SCUP North Atlantic Regional Council. She currently serves as a member of the SCUP North Atlantic Regional Council and is a member of SCUP’s Facilities Academy. In addition to her project commitments, Debi is Studio Leader for JCJ’s Boston office. In this role, she applies her considerable skill as a mentor and communicator – helping to build a culture of teamwork and individual development.
In 1992, Debi was the first woman to win the prestigious Rotch Travelling Scholarship. She received her Bachelor and Master Degrees in Architecture from Cornell University.