Goody, Joan E.

Born: December 1, 1935

Died: September 8, 2009

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.

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