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AIA elects Kimberly Dowdell as its first Black girl president

Kimberly Dowdell has been elected because the a centesimal president of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and also will make historical past as the primary Black girl to carry the place starting in 2024. Delegates on the AIA’s annual assembly held final week voted Dowdell the 2023 First VP/2024 President-elect.

Dowdell has a longtime profession in structure, which started at Cornell College, the place she graduated with a Bachelor of Structure in 2006 and co-founded Social Financial Environmental Design (SEED), an initiative devoted to setting requirements for financial, social and environmental justice world wide. She has since devoted her profession to points regarding environmental justice, whereas additionally selling variety and equality inside the career and at native scales.

Dowdell went on to obtain a Grasp of Public Administration from Harvard College in 2015 and at present works as advertising principal at HOK Architects in her hometown of Chicago. At HOK, she established HOK IMPACT, a social duty program providing staff alternatives to work with their native communities.

Moreover, Dowdell sits on the board of administrators on the Architect’s Basis, the charitable arm of the AIA. She additionally has deep roots in Chicago, working carefully together with her local people and serving as a board member for a number of Windy Metropolis organizations, working towards enhancing entry to equality, schooling, and the humanities. From 2019-2020, Dowdell served on the Fairness and the Way forward for Structure Committee, an meeting arrange by the AIA in 2017 to advertise and advocate for variety and inclusion inside the business and in 2020 was awarded a Younger Architects Award by the AIA for her distinctive management {and professional} development.

Dowdell can be a previous president (2019–2020) of the Nationwide Group of Minority Architects (NOMA), the place she began #AllinforNOMA—an initiative centered on making minorities “seen” and constructing “better entry, management and legacy alternatives for ALL.”

In her function as AIA President Dowdell will proceed to characterize minority architects. She may even dedicate her time to creating structure extra accessible, taking motion towards local weather change and selling using expertise.

“Because the 295th residing Black girl to earn an architectural license within the U.S., I’m eager to assist younger ladies and other people of coloration,” Dowdell mentioned in a assertion printed by the AIA.

Dowdell shall be inaugurated because the First VP in early 2023, changing the present First VP Emily Grandstaff-Rice, who will transfer on to turn into the group’s president for 2023, changing present president Dan Hart. At its annual assembly the AIA additionally appointed Britt Lindberg as 2023-2024Secretary and Illya Azaroff as 2023-2025 At-large Director.


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