Francesca Franchi AIA Joins Winstanley Architects & Planners

Francesca Franchi, AIA LEED

Francesca Franchi, AIA LEED is a highly accomplished, award-winning designer with a long history in guiding architectural teams both nationally and around the world. With more than 30 years of experience, she is passionate about creating memorable architecture and designing tactical spaces that cross a broad spectrum of markets. Her experience is extremely broad and ranges from adaptive reuse of small existing structures to tall mixed use skyscrapers in China and beyond.
Francesca’s professional objective is to accomplish architecture as creative problem solving and her approach to reach the optimum results involves a total integration between the client, the teams, the program and the site. She deeply cares and understands ground planes and the intersection of how buildings meet and connect with the streets and context, thus her focus on retail.
Her wealth of experience has been earned through the numerous projects she has successfully designed and has gained her the respect of our clients and her team members. Francesca first began working with Michael Winstanley in late 1990’s when the two teamed up to design multiple projects in the metro Washington area as well as many international assignments. She later went on to work with major international practices designing projects such as 222 Riverside Drive Residential Tower, NY; 3 Times Square, NY; 1899 Pennsylvania Avenue, DC; Rosslyn Central Place, DC; and, Carlyle Plaza Phase Two/ South Residential.
“Francesca will be an integral part of our ability to delivery award winning design work to our clients and I couldn’t be happier to be working with her again”, says Michael Winstanley AIA AICP, Founder and Design Director. “Our collaboration over the years has produced amazing results and I look froward to her contribution to our firm’s design legacy”.
A native of Lima, Peru, Francesca received her Bachelor of Architecture degree from the Ricardo Palma University of Lima and her Master of Architecture degree from Cornell University where she was awarded the Michael Rapuano Design Excellence Award. As a member of the DC AIA Design Excellence Committee, she is leading the 4×4=16 / South American Women in Architecture lecture series, which focuses on promoting the unique and outstanding design talent of women in the south of the American continent; a passion always present in her life.