Francis Murdock Pitts

Francis (Frank) Murdock Pitts is the founding partner and President of architecture+. He has earned a national reputation for his work with psychiatric hospital design and planning as well as design for special populations, long term care, and secure institutions. With over thirty years of experience with this project type, Frank has been involved in a broader range of psychiatric hospital design projects than anyone in North America including the new Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital. His recent psychiatric hospital design work was featured in the Boston Globe. 

Frank’s expertise is regularly solicited by colleagues and providers throughout the United States and Canada. He has been an instrumental member of the healthcare design community, serving as a leader of the AIA Academy of Architecture for Health and the American College of Healthcare Architects. A founding member and Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Architects, he helped to establish national certification credentials for healthcare architects.

He has also shaped the regulatory environment, serving 2007–2014 on the committee that writes the FGI/AIA Guidelines for Design and Construction of Hospital and Health Care Facilities, the national standard for design and construction of healthcare facilities. He authored a majority of the recent revisions and additions to the Guidelines standards for psychiatric hospital design.

Frank has been a leader in the AIA at the local, state, and national level. He served as president of AIA Eastern New York (2007) and AIA New York State (2010), is member of the AIA National Board (2011–2013), and has been elected to serve as the National Vice President (2015–2016).


Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

- Bachelor of Science, Building Science, 1975

- Bachelor of Architecture, 1976

Professional Registration


- New York, Massachusetts, Vermont, Connecticut, Virginia, Michigan

- Ontario Association of Architects, Canada

- American College of Healthcare Architects

- National Council of Architectural Registration Boards

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