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Diane Jacobs

Diane R. Jacobs, FAIA 


Born in NYC, raised in Puerto Rico, educated in Tucson and trained in Boston, Diane has learned the value of individual stories, and multiple points of view. Her ability to work with client groups to create program driven designs result in places that express warmth, color, light and a respect for practicality and has led to a well-rounded portfolio of both large scale public work & intimate spaces in the private realm. Her work exploits ideas allied from disciplines including urban planning, environmental graphics, landscape architecture and lighting design.  She founded Holly Street Studio in 1999 with the goal of bringing large firm expertise to local clients while maintaining the high level of service that a private practice firm affords. 


Professional Registration

Registered Architect, States of Arizona, Massachusetts


American Institute of Architects, College of Fellows

National Organization of Minority Architects

Urban Land Institute

Local First Arizona For(u)m


Leadership Positions

AIA National Women's Leadership Group Advisory Committee - 2009 - Present

AIA AZ Women’s Leadership Group – Chair, 2011 - Present

AIA National Women's Leadership Summit Chair - 2011-2013

AIA AZ Board of Directors - 2011 - 2015

AIA AZ President, 2014

NOMA AZ Chapter – Member, 2015 - Present

Local First Arizona For(u)m Advisory Council - 2018 - Present

Rio Salado Architecture Foundation - 2018 - Present

University of Arizona CAPLA Future's Council - 2019 - Present


University of Arizona

College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture

Bachelor of Architecture 1988


School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

Graphic Design

Summer 1980

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