DiAnn Tufts LFA, CPHC,
LEED AP BD+C (she/her/hers)

DiAnn has a passion for sustainable, well-integrated, place-based design. She strives to create high-performing structures with an emphasis on habitable, scale-appropriate spaces that contribute to the character of their community.

DiAnn Tufts leads our Sustainable Design group, formed to increase awareness of sustainability within our office, community and our project work. DiAnn is a leader of sustainability within the state. She is a facilitator of the Living Collaborative New England, a committee of the local USGBC Chapter – Built Environment Plus. In addition, she is PCA’s Sustainable Design Leaders (SDL) peer network representative and an active member of NESEA and Passive House Massachusetts. At PCA, she guides our in-house Green Leaders group, informing them of our process and educating staff on sustainable design opportunities and building certifications such as LEED and beyond.



  • I’m from  Hometown, USA! I grew up journeying around the world in a military-based family.

  • My education  B.Arch, University of Kansas

  • I’m excited about building technologies that  rethink resources and waste — leveraging symbiotic relationships to create smarter and more efficient systems that require less from the building occupants and leave a lighter footprint behind from our built environment.

  • Building or place I wish I designed  IBN — The Institute for Forestry and Nature Research by Behnisch Architekten. An early example of smart, sustainable design, the resulting product is full of beautiful spaces designed for those who study plant media to also exist among and be inspired by nature.

  • I’m influenced by  patterns and people. My mind naturally seeks out and tries to identify patterns, favorites of which are mathematical, because they can be defined, and human behavior, for the opposite reason.

  • Cats or dogs?  All critters (except spiders)

  • Coffee or tea?  Dark, rich coffee

  • The craziest thing I’ve ever done  Attempt to pass the lifeguard surf test during a nor’easter

  • One thing most people don’t know about me  I’m a full-fledged Girl Scout, earning the Silver and Gold Award.

  • A few of my daily habits  Cycling to work after a boat ride across the harbor, meditating and reorganizing lists

  • My colleagues would describe me as  detail-oriented, a perfectionist, persistent (i.e. pesky), passionate, wordy.