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Annie Kountz

Architect
Boston, MA, USA

Annie is a Senior Associate who joined MASS in 2021. Prior to MASS, Annie designed and managed architectural projects focused on social and racial justice. This ranged from supportive housing, schools, early education centers, community centers and restorative justice centers for non-profits and public agencies in New York City. Her projects received multiple AIA and SARA awards in New York state and nationally.

At MASS, she is currently working on the design of an affordable housing and health care project. She works with the Restorative Justice Design Lab, which leverages architecture to imagines alternatives, highlight spatial injustices, and advocate for decarceration and prison abolition.

She received her Masters in Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design where she was a 4 year Dean’s merit scholar. Annie was awarded President Obama’s National Public Service Award for leadership and public service. As well as the GSD’s Unsung Hero Award, and two Public Service Fellowships for her work in Nairobi, Kenya, and teaching and mentoring youth in Boston. Once upon a time she was a Structural Engineer with full scholarship at the University of Washington and the SOM Traveling Fellow for Art, Architecture and Engineering.

Her work has been published in the UN’s Design for the other 90%, Harvard Prison Studies Project, Baltimore Open City Exhibit, The A4 Exhibit in Tokyo, Japan, and multiple Harvard GSD publications. She has taught at Harvard University GSD’s Career Discovery, Project Link, and Design Initiative for Youth. She has lectured at the Boston Public Library, Community NOW, and the Octavia Project.

She is a licensed architect in New York State and a member of AIA NY’s Architecture for Justice committee.