CCAC Executive Committee Member Kimberly Dowdell was elected 2023 First Vice President and/2024 President-elect last month. She will be the 100th President of AIA.
Kim Dowdell, an AIA member since 2007, graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Architecture in 2006. She received a Master of Public Administration from Harvard University in 2015. She is currently Marketing Principal at HOK Architects.
No stranger to volunteering with AIA, Kim has participated on the Equity and the Future of Architecture Committee from 2019-2020, the New Urban Agenda Task Force from 2019-2021, the AIA New York Nominating Committee in 2021, the AIA Chicago EVP Search Committee in 2021, and was a Young Architects Award Recipient in 2020.
She was president of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) from 2019-2020. Her platform as AIA President will be ensuring there is space for minority architects at every level of AIA. She has outlined her intentions to “create access to opportunities,” “foster greater opportunities for leadership,” "build upon the legacy of long-time members,” in her #AllinforNOMA initiative.
“As the 295th living Black woman to earn an architectural license in the U.S., I am keen to help young women and people of color,” said Ms. Dowdell, who will be the first black woman president of AIA.
In addition, her platform includes initiatives such as supporting the business of design, making architecture more accessible to all, meeting our obligation to future generations regarding climate action, and navigating the future of design work with advances in technology.
We could not be more proud and look forward to Kim Dowdell's leadership at AIA.