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David Grissino, AIA

The Young Architects Award is given to individuals who have shown exceptional leadership and made significant contributions to the profession in an early stage of their architectural career.

Architect members of the AIA who have been licensed to practice architecture fewer than 10 years by the submission deadline are eligible to be nominated; the term young architect has no reference to the age of nominees. Any component, member of the national AIA Board of Directors, knowledge community, or College of Fellows may nominate one or more individuals.

David Grissino began his career in design at the University of Massachusetts, where he graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design and helped to establish the Design Student Group, the predecessor to the current AIAS chapter. He earned his Masters in Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia where he developed a strong interest in urbanity. He was awarded an E. Lewis Dales Traveling Fellowship which he used to tour Western and Central Europe, studying the effects of culture and geography on the use of public space.

After returning to Massachusetts, David immediately joined the Boston Society of Architects (BSA). He became part of the Urban Design Committee’s South Boston Waterfront Task Force to review and analyze redevelopment initiatives for the waterfront, and remained on the Urban Design Committee, advocating for good design and city planning and organizing the group’s responses to various city proposals.

While participating in the city-wide dialogue for the waterfront plan, David was working on the design and permitting of two project for William Rawn Associates. In this time, he worked closely with the community and became incredibly interested in how much impact design can have on people’s everyday lives.

This interest led David to the offices of Goody Clancy in Boston, where he is currently a Senior Urban Designer working on a wide range of architecture, urban design, and planning projects. His recent planning and urban design work spans a diverse group of project types, including neighborhood plans, downtown district plans, and institutional master plans. He developed urban designs for the Florida/Desire and Central City neighborhoods as part of the Unified New Orleans Plan, created a community-driven urban plan and design guidelines for Kennedy Street in Washington DC, and worked closely with a range of immigrant populations in the City of Lowell, Massachusetts to help them define a future vision of their community.

David is also a leader in the firm’s campus planning practice, involved with the marketing, business development, project management, and design aspects of nearly every campus planning project in the office. His expansive work in this area has ranged from projects at the Berkeley College of Music to the South Campus Residence Halls at the University of Chicago. For the Wentworth Institute of Technology, he not only served as lead designer for creation of a master plan, but often appears as guest lecturer in studios and has even organized in-house study groups for interns in firms who are seeking licensure.

David has now served as co-chairman of the Membership Committee at BSA, as well as the Chair of the Design Subcommittee of its Prudential Projects Advisory Committee. His leadership at BSA led to his appointment to the nine-member search committee to replace retiring Executive Director Richard Fitzgerald after 24 years as head of the organization. He further serves his own local community of Wellesley, Massachusetts through his service on the Design Review Board, and was elected to the position of Chairman after one year of service.

Commonly known for his commitment to community and his interest in furthering the advancement of city planning and design, David has also remained committed to aiding the aspirations of up-and-coming architects. In his work at BSA, he has focused a great deal of energy on creating programs to help guide younger architects and other professionals in the evolution of their careers. He has sought out industry leaders to help in training opportunities, and has even started a mentoring workshop aimed at identifying best-practices throughout the city and region in order to better sculpt the approach to staff development within the design community.

David Grissino, AIA


Donald J. Hackl, FAIA (Chair)
Loebl, Schlossman & Hackl

Edward J. Kodet Jr., FAIA
Kodet Architectural Group, Ltd.

Norman L. Koonce, FAIA
McLean, Virginia

Ronald Skaggs, FAIA
HKS, Inc.

Chester A. Widom, FAIA
WWCOT Architecture & Interiors
Santa Monica, California


“He has elevated civic
dialogue about important
developments in Boston.
He has inspired younger
architects in our office
and throughout the city
to step into active
civic roles.”


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