Barbara A. Spitz

Board of Trustees



Barbara Spitz


As a Wawayanda camper in Pocahontas and every girls’ village up to Tacoma, I continued my FV experience as a CIT, LIT, and junior counselor. I was truly a product of Frost Valley and returned after starting college, as a counselor and bike-trip leader. My deep appreciation for the natural environment is directly attributable to my years spent at Frost Valley.

Having grown up in Bloomfield, NJ, I attended Hampshire College and then graduated from the University of Michigan with a BS in Architecture and Environmental Design. I earned my professional M. Arch. degree at Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh. Since graduate school, I have been a resident of Philadelphia where I practiced architecture for over 35 years, specializing in laboratory design.

I recently retired as a partner from HERA Lab Planners (Health Education +Research Associates), a nationally known laboratory planning firm with science and laboratory projects throughout the US. Post retirement, I am doing private architectural consulting and, as a member of the University Barge Club in Philadelphia, assisting with planning for renovations and upgrades to the Club’s 1871 historic Boathouse Row structure.  

Along with my partner, Cheryl Cook, we spend as much time as possible at our home in Maine — rowing, birdwatching, bicycling, gardening, and sharing the great outdoors with friends and family who venture up our way!