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Rebecca W. E. Edmunds, AIA

Rebecca W. E. Edmunds’s career spans multiple disciplines including design for highly technical textiles and apparel. Her architectural practice focuses on providing leadership in creating consistent, comprehensive communications and writing on design for aesthetic and technical performance. Her experience includes product design for technical applications in environments such as medical, cleanrooms, military and extreme outdoor. She has been a consultant to state AIA Fellowship Committees since 2007 aiding candidate submission strategies.

As president of r4 llc, Edmunds assists professionals, designers and artists develop comprehensive narratives of their projects, achievements, careers and creative philosophy. She brings a background in architecture, design, R&D, graphics, communications and creative writing to professional narrative development. She has served as editor and/or advisor to several publications including Managing Design: Conversations, Project Controls and Best Practices for Commercial Design and Construction Projects (Michael A. LeFevre FAIA, 2019); Individual to Collective, Duda|Paine Architects (2014), Sketchbook on the World, Pen and Ink Travel Sketches (Terrance J. Brown, FAIA, 2017); and Homelands (The NAAB National Conference, 2001). She has authored and ghost-authored many articles and case studies.

Edmunds received a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University, a Master of Architecture from the University of North Carolina Charlotte, and a Master of Fine Arts from Queens University Charlotte. She has also completed executive training programs at including a mini-MBA at UNC Chapel Hill’s Kenan Flagler Business School, Leadership for Performance at UVA’s Darden School of Business and Leadership for Technical Managers at the Center for Creative Leadership.

Edmunds received the 2019 Leslie N. Boney Spirit of Fellowship Award for her work on behalf of the College of Fellows. She has won writing and design awards including the AIA’s Henry Adams Medal, the AIA NC Architectural Book Award, and UNC Charlotte’s Excellence in Architectural History and Theory Book Award and Best Architectural Design Project. She won an Innovation Award for Technology from textile manufacturer Burlington Industries. She served as Vice President of Outreach for AIA Virginia 2018-2021.