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EA014: Architecture Does Matter | An Interview with BSA President Emily Grandstaff-Rice [Podcast]


Emily Grandstaff-RiceShe is the daughter of an economist inspired by an advocate St. Louis architect at the age of 15. This week’s guest on the Entrepreneur Architect Podcast climbed her way up through the profession, making a difference every step of the way. She’s an instructor at Boston Architectural College, an associate at Cambridge Seven Associates and the 2014 President of the Boston Society of Architects. She’s married to a fellow architect and “Mom” to 2 kids.

This week on the podcast, I am honored to have had a wonderful conversation with a very inspiring woman, architect Emily Grandstaff-Rice.

We talked about her journey to become an architect, the many influences on her career, her thoughts about young architects entering the profession and where she thinks the profession may be 20 years from now.

I hope you enjoy this episode. I certainly did. I think Emily and I are kindred spirits. Secure your ear buds. You won’t want to miss one second of this show.


Contact Emily

Emily’s website
On Twitter at @archdoesmatter

Topics Discussed in This Week’s Show
  • St. Louis, MO
  • Eugene Mackey, Architect (“A Day of Architecture” program for high school art students. Mackey inspired Emily to pursue architecture at the age of 15.)
  • Mackey Mitchell Associates, St. Louis, MO
  • Carnegie Mellon University (6 weeks during the summer before high school year)
  • Father is an economist
  • Things can be analyzed through spread sheets
  • Data analysis to select best architecture school for Emily
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)
  • Adolfo Perez, Architect, Boston, MA
  • Cambridge Seven Associates, Cambridge, MA
  • Boston Children’s Museum
  • Mentoring
  • Legacy Project for AIA College of Fellows
  • K-12 architecture workshops
  • Students’ projects were centerpieces at Legacy Project ceremony
  • Boston Society of Architects (BSA)
  • Emily’s rise to Presidency at BSA
  • “Entrepreneurial streak” of Gen X and Y architects
  • The future of the architecture profession
  • The transition from hand drafting to computer technology
  • “Architecture Does Matter” campaign
  • Inspired by Alex Sheen “Because I Said I Would” campaign
  • Emily’s plans for the future
  • Virginia Beach Aquarium project
  • My mission to make the architecture profession one that I would passionately encourage my children to pursue
  • Entrepreneur Architect Academy Pre-Launch List


  1. Daina Furuya says:

    I was wondering what the “…because architecture matters.” posting I kept seeing were. Emily’s passion for advocacy was very uplifting and gives me hope and inspiration for our craft, especially because I am a gen-X architect and the future is so nebulous. It’s easy to become pessimistic about where things are going but I’m energized now. Mark, thanks always for your great podcasts!


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