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Please join FXWomen and Ennead Lab for a conversation with Kimberly Dowdell, President of National Organization of Minority Architects(NOMA)and Partner at Century Partnerson the design of civic & business leadership. Kimberly’s career trajectory has been guided by her commitment to equitable development and community-based design. Her broad experience – working with major architectural firms, real estate companies, and city governments – has influenced her approach to design and development, with a particular focus on urban revitalization.

The conversation will be moderated by Samantha Josaphat, President of NYCOBA-NOMA and the founding principal of Studio 397.


About the Speakers:

Kimberly Dowdell has designed or managed over $100 million in assets as a licensed architect, a real estate project manager and a city government official. Her career with major architectural firms in Washington, D.C. and New York coupled with her real estate experience with Levien & Company in New York and her tenure working with the City of Detroit have all rounded out Kimberly’s experience as an equitable development professional. Kimberly is a native of Detroit and a lecturer at the University of Michigan. 

Kimberly earned a Bachelor of Architecture at Cornell University's College of Architecture, Art and Planning, where she currently serves on the Cornell University Council and Alumni Trustee Nominating Committee. Her graduate degree is from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where she earned a Mid-Career Master of Public Administration as a Sheila C. Johnson Leadership Fellow in the Center for Public Leadership (CPL). She currently serves on the Alumni Council for CPL.

Kimberly moved back to Detroit to focus on urban revitalization and real estate development in May 2015. She became a partner of Century Partners in 2017. Kimberly is the 2019-2020 President of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA). 

Samantha Josaphat is President of NYCOBA-NOMA, the New York Chapter of NOMA, and is the founding principal of Studio 397. Samantha has designed a wide range of projects, from residential renovations to supportive housing, retail fit-outs to institutional renovations. Some of her design work has been displayed at the United Nations Visitor Center. Demonstrating her commitment to her community and to raising the percentage of black women in architecture, Samantha led Project Pipeline, an architectural day camp for elementary students, while also being Architecture Studio Professor at City College's Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture.

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