Kimberly Dowdell

Organized by Kenneth Schwartz FAIA, NOMAS, TWIA, and WIA New Orleans


Kimberly Dowdell AIA, Principal at HOK Chicago and president of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA).

* 5:30-6:30pm, The Louisiana National Organization of Minority Architecture Students Presents: "A Conversation with NOMA National President Kimberly Dowdell"

* 6:30-7:30pm, Lecture by Kimberly Dowdell

Location: Richardson Memorial Hall, Room 204. Fee and Open to the public. CE credits available.

About the Speaker:

A native of Detroit, Kimberly grew up with an ambition to revitalize cities using design as a tool for progress. Today, she is realizing her vision as a Principal at HOK in Chicago and as the 2019-2020 National President of NOMA.

Over the last two decades, Kimberly’s educational experiences at Cranbrook, Cornell and Harvard, coupled with her work as a young professional in Washington, D.C. and New York, have shaped her early career toward a goal of facilitating transformative urban development projects. In graduate school, Kimberly was in the inaugural class of Sheila C. Johnson Leadership Fellows at Harvard’s Center for Public Leadership.

In 2008, Kimberly established the annual community service project for the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA), which has now hosted projects in ten cities throughout the U.S. In 2019, she became the first Millennial President of NOMA.

In 2005, Kimberly co-founded SEED (Social Economic Environmental Design) to identify, measure and address “Triple Bottom Line” issues during the design process. Kimberly’s contributions to public service were honored with her recognition as one of the top 100 national leaders in Public Interest Design, 2012, by (now named Her career was also profiled in the 3rd Edition of Dr. Lee Waldrep’s acclaimed book, Becoming An Architect: A Guide to Careers in Design, 2014.

Read more about Kimberly in recent stories with Architect magazine and Archinect.

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