Principal | HOK – Chicago

Kimberly Dowdell


Kimberly Dowdell is a licensed architect and urban thought leader who is focused on building resilient, healthy, and sustainable cities. A native of Detroit, Kimberly’s passion for design as a catalyst for urban revitalization was inspired by childhood experiences in her hometown. She went on to live in Ithaca, Rome, Washington, New York, and Boston prior to returning to Detroit in 2015, where she worked on neighborhood-scale reinvestment efforts until her relocation to Chicago in 2019. Kimberly’s professional mission is to improve the quality of life for people living in cities. She believes in building diverse, cross-sector teams to solve our society’s most complicated challenges with a lens towards justice and equity. She is the 2019-2020 National President of NOMA and a Principal in the Chicago studio of HOK, a global architecture and planning firm.