Joan Blumenfeld

Principal, Corporate Interiors, New York

Joan never meant to be an architect. She had never even met an architect before going to college, where she graduated with a degree in philosophical psychology.  When seeking career guidance from her father, her untapped passions and visual awareness were awoken when he reminded her of her strengths: math and artistry.  Her path was clear.

After graduating from Harvard GSD with a masters in architecture, Joan was determined to find her voice as a woman in the field and to channel her passions to deliver impact, project after project. Her acute attention to detail and ability to communicate with both colleagues and clients alike (that degree in psychology!) naturally positioned her to seek outcomes that focus on how people interact in the space and the impact the experience has on them.

This awareness led Joan to help with the development and rollout of Fitwel, a health-and-wellness rating system for buildings that promote active design strategies, along with the U.S. General Service Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The system promotes healthy workplace environments and improving occupant health through building design and operation strategies.


fun fact about joan
A New Yorker through and through, Joan is a design force globally, but has never forgotten her roots. She has contributed to over 50 built works in the greater New York area, more than 40 of which are in Manhattan. Her work has won 40-plus awards in the past five years alone.
Joan’s continued advocacy in sustainable design, diversity in our newest generations of designers, and award-winning design led her to be named Contract Magazine’s Design Legend in 2018.
A sketch of Rome from Joan's personal collection.
“The first step in changing things is for people to be aware that there is something that needs to be changed.”

Joan's Featured Work

Unilever's North American Headquarters
Unilever North American Headquarters
Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey
Memorial Sloan Kettering Monmouth Ambulatory Care Center
Middletown, New Jersey
New York City Police Academy
Queens, New York
Swarovski New York Showroom and Office
New York, New York
Häfele New York Showroom
New York, New York