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Diane Dooley


Diane’s infatuation with buildings began in nursery school, when she modeled entire cities out of clay, and grew as a teenager when she was introduced to the work of Alvar Aalto and Eliel and Eero Saarinen while living in Finland. Experiencing the quality of design that suffused the Finish culture and its architecture was ultimately the inspiration that paved her way into the profession. As a Principal at DiMella Shaffer, Diane is engaged in the whole creative process, solving complex problems on a wide range of senior living and residential projects. By working collaboratively with clients, professional consultants, civic entities, contractors, community members and end-users, she is committed to creating pleasing and enduring environments – from the micro to the macro scale – that make a difference in the quality of life for its users. With a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and a Master’s of Architecture from the University of Utah, Diane combines her knowledge and 30+ years of experience to bring a client-centered approach to her work. She currently serves as the co-chair of the Boston Society of Architects’ Design for Aging Committee.