Debbi Waters

LEED AP BD+C / Associate Principal, Director of Planning

Debbi’s approach to programming and planning facilities for public use stems from her training in Human Environmental Relations, which provides her with insight on the role environmental psychology plays in the design process. She guides educational and cultural institutions throughout planning processes encompassing a wide range of services, from preparing detailed space programs for individual buildings, to developing comprehensive master plans that translate an institution's goals and objectives into a physical framework for implementation.

Debbi is a member of the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP), where she served as a National Conference Program Reviewer; the Association of College Unions International (ACUI); the American Library Association; the Public Library Association; and the Association of College and Research Libraries.  She presented at ACUI, SCUP, and Worksite Wellness conferences.  Her essays on programming and planning have appeared in "Campus Cultural Facilities," Building Type Basics for College and University Facilities, published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc., and Theaters 2: Partnerships in Facility Use, Management and Operations, published by Images Publishing Inc.  For the past three years, Debbi has also been an Invited Studio Juror for FIT-SUNY, Department of Interior Design.

Her planning experience encompasses buildings for the visual and performing arts, student life, and libraries, in both academic and civic sectors.  Prior to joining WRNS Studio, Debbi was the founding Sr. Partner at ForeSite Facility Planners, a Principal at Holzman Moss Bottino Architecture, and an Associate at Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates.  She holds a Master of Arts in Architecture and Design Criticism from Parsons School of Design and a Bachelor of Science in Design and Environmental Analysis from Cornell University. Her scholarship has been recognized with memberships in Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest, largest, and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines, and in Kappa Omicron Nu, the leading honor society for students in the human sciences. Debbi is a LEED® Accredited Professional.  

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