Joan E. Goody

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Dates of Birth and Death

December 1, 1935-September 8, 2009


  • Harvard Graduate School of Design
  • Cornell University

Years of practice

1968–1998 (estimated)


  • Goody Clancy
  • Boston Civic Design Commission

Professional organizations

  • Joined AIA in 1978
  • Became AIA fellow in 1991

Related websites


Boston, Massachusetts


Joan (Edelman) Goody grew up in a two-family house in the Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn. She always credited her years at New York’s Ethical Culture School with fostering self-confidence and creativity. At Cornell, she was a history major who graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1956.

Press and Awards

  • Women in Design Award of Excellence (2002)
  • Award of Honor for lifetime achievement from the Boston Society of Architects (2005)


  • New Architecture in Boston
  • Essays on social housing’, Progressive Architecture 7 (1984), p. 82-87
  • ‘Do you see new directions?’, Architecture: the AIA journal 5 (1985), p. 240-251, 312-320


Projects include the restoration of Trinity Church at Copley Square, including the creation of a major gathering area in a former cramped basement; Harbor Point, where she transformed a dismal public housing project into a mixed-income neighborhood; a federal courthouse in Wheeling, W.Va., where she mixed modern with traditional motifs; the Salomon Center for Teaching at Brown University; and Heaton Court, a small, affordable housing cluster in Stockbridge. More recently, Goody Clancy was selected as lead designer for the conversion of the former St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Washington into a new headquarters for the Department of Homeland Security.