Ms. Deborah Pierce, AIA

Pierce Lamb Architects

Contact Details

Pierce Lamb Architects
West Newton, MA


Architectural accessibility is my focus and my passion. We're all aging, disabilities can occur at any time, for anyone, and the built environment must keep pace with population changes. Good Design is simply Universal Design, but does anyone really know what that means? I wrote The Accessible Home: Designing for All Ages and Abilities (Taunton Press, 2012) to explore this issue. The book showcases architect-designed homes around the continent designed for and with people who live daily with a variety of disabilities. It's changed the way I design and how I work with clients.

Universal design means pathways for people using wheelchairs or rolling luggage and baby carriages. It's a kitchen where someone with poor vision or arthritis can cook great meals. It's a bathroom designed to prevent accidents as well as to attend to personal hygiene after an accident. It's a living space where someone who is hard-of-hearing can follow a group conversation. It's design that is adaptable, visitable, and useable. It's acoustics, ergonomics, smart hardware/appliances and responsive design. Whether it's seamlessly integrated or exuberantly expressed, accessible features bring grace to the activities of everyday living.


Boston Architectural College
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
B. Arch., 1977
1971 To 1977
Dissertation: A Pattern Language for Urban Town Centers
Advisor: Curt Lamb, MArch, PhD

Tufts University
Medford, Massachusetts, United States
B.A., 1971
Urban Studies, Sociology
1967 To 1971

Job History

Pierce Lamb Architects
Newton, MA, United States
January 1980 - January 1980


  • Accessibility Compliance
  • Architectural Design
  • Demolition Services / Planning
  • Existing Facilities Surveys
  • Historic Preservation
  • Space Planning


  • AIA Small Project Practitioners Advisory Group, Member 2006-2010, Chair 2009; Boston Society of Architects Small Firms Committee, Chair 1995-2005; BSA Women In Design Conference, Co-chair 2003-4, US Servas, MA Coordinator 2009-xx, Wellness Warriors Dragon-Boat Team 2008-xx


  • Dragon-boating, Kayaking, Stonemasonry, Watercolor, Collage, Oil-paintingInternational Cultural Exchange (US Servas)