Grace joined Publica in May 2018 bringing with her a broad range of experience from across architecture, urbanism, planning, and academia. Since joining, Grace has demonstrated her design and project management skills, coordinating a range of strategic public realm projects varying in scale from a city block to urban district. As Projects Director, she is currently leading two major public realm strategy schemes within central London.
Prior to joining Publica, Grace worked in architectural practice for many years, including at PDP London and Tim Ronalds Architects in London and at Stantec Architecture, New York. At PDP, Grace’s work focused on sensitive new build, refurbishment, and regeneration in historic contexts and for major London landholders including a six-year multi-project collaboration for the Royal Hospital Chelsea. Grace also coordinated PDP’s competition-winning masterplan for Punta Colorada, a 750ha golf resort, residential, and cultural development in Cuba. She has a deep, experience-based understanding of how crucial early design guidance can be for the success of built spaces and places in the long-term.
Grace studied architecture and urbanism through the lens of visual art and film at both Harvard (BA, Visual and Environmental Studies) and Cambridge (M. Phil, Architecture and the Moving Image). She completed her professional architectural training at Princeton University’s School of Architecture (M. Arch) and at the Bartlett, University College London (PGDip ARB Part 3). She also holds a Certificate in Urban Policy and Planning from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.
Grace is a design tutor at the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University and has previously taught architectural design at Princeton University and served as a guest critic at the Bartlett and the London School of Architecture. Her writing and research has been published in the MIT Journal of Planning and in Pidgin, Princeton University’s journal of architecture.