Time and Place

Time: 3:30 pm – 5:00pm (Central)
Location: SARUP Gallery (AUP146) – Hybrid
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Leading By Design” presentation by Kimberly Dowdell HOK, Principal

This lecture is Sponsored by UWM SARUP NOMAS, Wisco NOMA, Smith Group

Lecture Summary

Much like architecture, leadership is a practice. Kimberly will discuss how her role as a leader has influenced her career in architecture and how her design training has influenced her role as a leader in various capacities. Now more than ever, our cities and communities need strong leadership to help shape a more sustainable and equitable future for all. Architects must be at the decision-making table when new development projects are conceived and implemented. Kimberly will share her insight on how she has navigated her career journey throughout seven cities and how she has leveraged leadership, networking and creativity as tools to improve her environment.


Kimberly Dowdell is a licensed architect and frequent speaker on architecture, diversity, sustainability and the future of cities. In her role as 2019-2020 national president of NOMA, she worked to increase opportunities for women and people of color in the building professions. She also more than doubled the organization’s membership and significantly raised NOMA’s profile during her two-year presidency. Kimberly’s career aspirations are rooted in her Detroit upbringing, where she was initially driven to utilize architecture as a tool to revitalize cities. She earned her Bachelor of Architecture at Cornell University and her Master of Public Administration at Harvard University. Her professional experience spans from architecture to government and teaching to real estate development. Kimberly is a Principal in the Chicago studio of HOK, a leading global design firm. She co-founded the SEED Network in 2005 and has been a LEED accredited professional since 2007. Kimberly’s overarching mission is to improve people’s lives, by design.

AIA credits will be awarded.

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