Frances Halsband

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  • Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, 1968, Master of Architecture
  • Swarthmore College, 1965, Bachelor of Arts

Years of practice



  • Kliment Halsband Architects

Professional organizations

  • Licensed in 1971
  • Joined AIA in 1971
  • Became AIA fellow in 1986

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New York, New York City, institutional, interiors, residential


Frances Halsband, a founding partner of Kliment Halsband Architects, has been the lead designer for numerous award-winning projects for educational, cultural, civic, and government clients. She brings her unique perspective as a designer, a member of the academic community, and advisor for educational and government review boards to every project.

Institutional Affiliations

She has served as Dean of the School of Architecture at the Pratt Institute in New York, has been a visiting distinguished professor of design at many universities, including University of California at Berkeley, University of Maryland, and University of Pennsylvania, and has taught joint studios with Robert Kliment. In an advisory role, she is currently Architect Advisor for Brown University and Harvard University, a member of the Architectural Review Board of the Federal Reserve Bank and the U.S. General Services Administration, and was the Commissioner of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission. Frances was the first woman to be elected president of the New York Chapter of the AIA, has served as president of the Architectural League of New York, and is a frequent participant on many AIA committees, panels, and design awards juries.

Press and Awards

In addition to contributing several articles to The Chronicle of Higher Education, she has been an advisory board member for Crit-Journal of the AIAS and Praxis Journal, as well as editorial board member for Interiors magazine, and the publisher of the Design History Foundation journal, Places.