US national architecture firm Shepley Bulfinch has appointed Angela Watson, FAIA, to the posts of president and chief executive. She is a long-time principal and design leader at the firm, as well as chair of the board.
She takes over from Carole Wedge, who led the practice since 2004, becoming one of the first women to lead a design firm of its size. Wedge is credited with growing the long-established Boston-based company into a national presence with offices in Hartford, Connecticut, Houston, and Phoenix. She now steps into a principal role at the firm.
Originally from Germany, where she developed an appreciation of modern architecture, Watson earned her master’s degree in architecture from MIT, returning there as a design studio lecturer from 2006-2010. She served as a lecturer and visiting critic at Arizona State University and at Texas A&M University’s Center for Health Systems Design. She is a registered architect in 19 states.
“This is an exciting day not just for me but for the entire firm as we collectively set our sights on the future of Shepley Bulfinch, our industry, and the built environment as a whole,” she said.
“As architects, we carry an enormous responsibility as spaces can have a ripple effect beyond the building. By prioritising partnerships with our clients, the communities they serve, and others who play a role in the building process, Shepley Bulfinch is not only developing innovative solutions but working towards making our designs resilient and adaptable to a changing world.”
Carole Wedge said: “Beyond her design prowess, Angela is known for developing and managing relationships, as well as empowering others. As president and CEO, she will work tirelessly to showcase and mentor the exceptional design talent within the firm and push our team to continuously think creatively and strategically alongside our clients. Shepley is well-positioned for growth under Angela’s leadership.”