Ramune Bartuskaite, AIA, NCARB, LEED GA, WELL AP


Ramune is a Lithuanian immigrant and a first-generation graduate. She holds a Masters of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania, a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture with a Marketing Minor from Miami University, and a Certificate in Healthier Materials and Sustainable Building from Parsons School of Design. At Penn, Ramune co-founded PennDesign Women in Architecture and was a recipient of the Alpha Rho Chi Medal for leadership, willing service, and promise of professional merit. In 2019, she co-edited a book titled Women [Re]Build: Stories, Polemics, Futures, published by ORO Applied Research +Design. The book highlights female architects, designers, scholars, and educators who are pushing the boundaries of architecture and design. 


Ramune is an architect at FIFTEEN Architecture + Design in Philadelphia—a practice driven by the desire to affect positive change. FIFTEEN is committed to delivering a new model for the practice, improving client experience and project delivery through smart partnerships and new processes. As a healthy building advocate who has developed an expertise in navigating the many resources and tools available for designing healthier buildings, Ramune’s insights result in spaces that enhance the wellbeing of the many building users and occupants served by FIFTEEN.


Ramune is actively involved in the Philadelphia Urban Land Institute (ULI) Women’s Leadership Initiative and Philadelphia’s Green Building United through which she has learned to advocate for healthier, equitable, and inclusive development within our cities. She also sits on the board of a non-profit called Rise First which serves first-generation and low-income students and professionals, helping improve equity and access to education for underrepresented groups.


Outside of work, she can be found somewhere in the great outdoors– hiking, camping, or kayaking. She has lived in 4 different countries and loves traveling and exploring different parts of the world.


Throughout her career, Ramune has worked closely with material manufacturers to stay on top of trends and the latest products in the industry. While pursuing her license, she learned about the challenges and health concerns of the building industry. After losing her mother to cancer in 2020 and learning about the carcinogens that are often used in building materials, she created Spec Matters in hopes of spurring change and raising awareness in the movement towards healthier buildings and environments.