Hidden in Plain Site

Hidden in Plain Site


Historically, the work of Black Architects has not been recognized at the same level and through the same lens as their peers. Although they attain the same education, perform on the same project teams, and complete similar project types, their credentials are questioned, and their work often goes unnoticed. As little girls, hosts, Saundra Little and Karen Burton dreamed of being Architects. Join them on a very personal journey as they weave together stories from the careers and lives of Black Architects and highlight Hidden-In-Plain-Site projects for their award-winning Noir Design Parti project that was birthed in Detroit. Now the world can get to know the very significant contributions contemporary and trailblazing Architects have made to the profession, the community and major cities across the U.S. Kimberly Dowdell is a licensed architect and frequent speaker on the topic of architecture, leadership, diversity, sustainability and the future of cities. In her recently completed term as the 2019-2020 national president of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA), she worked closely with her board of directors and staff to increase opportunities for women and people of color to gain more equitable access to the building professions. She also more than doubled the organization’s membership and significantly raised NOMA’s profile during her two-years in office. Kimberly’s career aspirations are rooted in her upbringing in Detroit, 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 has spanned from architecture to government and teaching to real estate development. Kimberly is currently 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. In 2022, Kimberly was elected to serve as the 2024 National President of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). She was also elected to the Cornell University Board of Trustees. Kimberly’s overarching mission is to improve people’s lives, by design. Detroit City of Design Spotlight https://schools.cranbrook.edu/ (Cranbrook Schools) is a private, PK–12 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University-preparatory_school (preparatory school) located on a 319-acre (129 ha) campus in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bloomfield_Hills,_Michigan (Bloomfield Hills), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michigan (Michigan). The schools comprise a co-educational elementary school, a middle school with separate schools for boys and girls, and a co-educational high school with boarding facilities. Cranbrook Schools is part of the https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cranbrook_Educational_Community (Cranbrook Educational Community) (CEC), which includes the https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cranbrook_Institute_of_Science (Cranbrook Institute of Science), the https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cranbrook_Academy_of_Art (Cranbrook Academy of Art), and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cranbrook_House_and_Gardens (Cranbrook House and Gardens). (Nearby https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christ_Church_Cranbrook (Christ Church Cranbrook) remains outside this formal structure.) The Cranbrook community was established by publishing mogul https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Gough_Booth (George Booth), who bought the site of today’s Cranbrook community in 1904. Cranbrook was designated a https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Historic_Landmark (National Historic Landmark) on June 29, 1989 for its significant architecture and design. It attracts tourists from around the world.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cranbrook_Schools#cite_note-1 ([1])https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cranbrook_Schools#cite_note-2 ([2]) Approximately 40 acres (160,000 m2) of Cranbrook Schools’ campus are gardens. Show Topic Links https://www.hok.com/ (HOK) https://www.noma.net/news/kimberly-dowdell-elected-first-black-female-aia-president/ (NOMA) https://www.archpaper.com/2020/04/architecture-coronavirus-covid-19-pandemic-minorities-black-americans/ (Architects Journal: COVID & architecture ) https://www.architectmagazine.com/practice/kimberly-dowdell-reflects-on-her-tenure-as-noma-president_o (ARCHITECT Magazine Kimberly Dowdell Reflects on Her Tenure as 2019-2020 ) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MbheaLxALM4 (2015 spring conference AIA Committee on Education – K-12 Spring Conference) https://www.architectmagazine.com/practice/noma-and-the-aia-large-firm-roundtable-strengthen-ties-to-combat-racism-in-architecture_o (AIA large firm Roundtable/…

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