Frances Halsband has been the lead designer for numerous award-winning projects for educational, cultural, civic, and government clients. She brings her unique perspective as a designer, member of the academic community, and advisor for educational and government review boards to every project. She has served as Dean of the School of Architecture at the Pratt Institute in New York, and as an architectural advisor to Brown University, Harvard University, and Smith College. She has served on the Architectural Review Board of the Federal Reserve Bank and the Advisory Board of the U.S. Department of State Foreign Buildings Operations, and is a former Commissioner of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission. Frances was the first woman to be elected president of the New York Chapter of the AIA, has served as president of the Architectural League of New York, and is a frequent participant on many AIA committees, panels, and design awards juries. Frances received a Bachelor of Arts from Swarthmore College and a Master of Architecture from Columbia University.