Frances Watson Lengowski

Frances Watson Lengowski


Senior Associate

Frances is skilled at incorporating a wide range of student and staff voices in the coordination and design of higher education housing projects. Her interpersonal and technical skills support the development of innovative architectural solutions, phasing plans, and planning strategies that are rooted foremost in client input. From the first to last stages of a project, Frances strives to translate project goals into conscientious design concepts that articulate a clear vision for a college campus.

Frances is continually working to apply the best strategies from VMDO’s portfolio to each new project while continually improving upon the firm’s body of work. In an effort to extract valuable feedback from facility users, Frances has spearheaded a pre- and post-occupancy survey process. These surveys enhance VMDO’s understanding of building performance and user experience.

Frances is actively involved in residence life organizations at the state, regional, and national levels through committee leadership, written publication, and conference presentations. Her engagement contributes to a deeper understanding of the university experience and ensures that her clients are exposed to the best thinking in student housing design today. Since joining VMDO in 2004, Frances has emerged as a driving force behind our Higher Ed Business Development and Client Relations efforts. Frances currently serves as the chair of the Sustainable Facilities Committee for the Association of College and University Housing Officers-International (ACUHO-I).

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