Joan Goody Interview
by Rebecca Barnes, FAIA
Joan E. Goody, FAIA is the recipient of the 2005 Boston Society of Architects Award of Honor, in recognition of her contributions to the profession and to the community. As principal of Goody Clancy, she has directed a wide range of academic, public, commercial, residential, and preservation projects. She was chair of the Boston Civic Design Commission from 1995 to 2005 and now serves on the faculty of the Mayor's Institute for City Design. Here she tells her story in conversation with Rebecca Barnes. — Editor
Rebecca Barnes: You are today one of Boston's leading architects; it seems unnecessary to point out that you are also one of Boston's leading female professionals. But you started out in a time when women architects were a rarity. It must have been daunting. Whatever gave you the drive to pursue this field?
Joan Goody: My upbringing was a little unusual for someone of my generation. I was brought up in Brooklyn, the only child of an engineer-father who assumed I would be interested in how things were made and taught me accordingly. Even at a young age, I was designing houses. The elementary school I went to was "progressive" — for example, we didn't have home economics, we had shop.
Barnes: You went through design school at a time when there weren't many models for young women, and certainly very few women architects practicing in Boston. >>>
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A longer version of this interview appeared in the January/ February 2006 issue of ArchitectureBoston. This abbreviated version is reprinted with permission of the publisher, the Boston Society of Architects.
Federal Courthouse, Wheeling, West Virginia, by Goody Clancy.
Photo: Anton Grassl
Federal Courthouse in Wheeling.
Photo: Michael Thomas
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