Debbi Waters

Debbi Waters

New York, NY, US



My approach to programming and planning facilities for public use stems from my training in Human Environmental Relations, which provides insight on the role environmental psychology plays in the design process. I guide 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.

My planning experience encompasses buildings for the visual and performing arts, student life, and libraries, in both academic and civic sectors. 

I hold 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. My 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.



Holzman Moss Bottino Architecture, New York, NY, US, Principal, Director of Planning

Founding member of new architectural and interior design firm with former partners of Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates.

Lead programmer/planner on performing and visual arts, library, academic, and civic projects. Efforts include all pre-design services to define project vision and guiding principles, establish space needs, develop building programs, and explore site and conceptual design options. Lead focus groups, stakeholder interviews, and public meetings.

Senior level responsibility for business development, marketing, and public relations.

Aug 2004 - current

Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates, LLP, New York, NY, US, Associate

Responsibilities as planner/programmer included all pre-design services to establish space needs, develop written programs, and explore site and conceptual building options. Conducted user group interviews and participated in programming and planning workshops, meetings, and design presentations. Prepared written and graphic documentation.

Directed firm-wide public relations efforts and special projects consisting of publications, exhibitions, corporate identity program, and company web site. From 1994 - 1998 I served as Director of Marketing, responsible for day-to-day management of all marketing initiatives.

Jan 1994 - Jul 2004


The New School, New York, NY, US, Masters, Architectural Criticism

Attended the country's first and only graduate program in architecture and design criticism. The program, then directed by Herbert Muschamp, emphasized writing and focused on how architecture and design relate to issues such as politics, sociology, theology and philosophy.

Sep 1991 - May 1993

Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, US, Bachelors, Design and Environmental Analysis

Majored in Design and Environmental Analysis with a concentration in Human Environment Relations. The study of the relationship between people and their physical surroundings focused on environmental psychology, human factors, and ergonomics. Training included methods and processes for planning, designing, and managing the built environment.

Sep 1985 - May 1989

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