Frank Valdes
Committed to community in his professional and volunteer work
39, Associate Principal
DiMella Shaffer

Valdes shows his commitment to community in both his professional and his volunteer work. His portfolio of projects includes designing livable communities in urban areas that balance sound architecture and historic preservation demands in urban areas. In 2010, Valdes was awarded the Massachusetts Historical Commission Annual Preservation award for his work on the adaptive re-use, rehabilitation and restoration of the Hamel Mill lofts in Haverhill, Mass. He has also served in a long-standing volunteer role as a member of design review committee in Somerville, Mass., located north of Boston. Valdes provides design guidance and recommendations to maintain and enhance the character of the town, first settled in the 17th century, while enhancing its natural and aesthetic qualities, boosting the value of land and buildings and preserving its culture and heritage. He also assisted the not-for-profit Neighborhood of Affordable Housing group in its effort to provide quality affordable housing for seniors. Recently Valdes has lent his skills and time to help others with his involvement in the locally based Combined Jewish Philanthropies.