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Kimberly Dowdell

DeeDee and Herb Glimcher Lecture

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Our annual DeeDee and Herb Glimcher Lectures feature some of the world’s leading artists, architects, and designers, and this year is no exception with a talk from architect Kimberly Dowdell.

At this year's lecture, Dowdell considers the urgent issues of climate action and social equity and how architecture can maximize human potential while minimizing environmental impact. Drawing on local examples of environmental disparity as well as human-centered programs, Dowdell asks: how can we improve our futures through sustainability?

This talk will take place in person in our Film/Video Theater. A livestream will also be available on this page.

About the speaker

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Kimberly Dowdell is a licensed architect, writer, and frequent speaker on architecture, diversity, sustainability, and the future of cities. In her role as 2019–20 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 public 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, where she was a Sheila C. Johnson Leadership Fellow. Her professional experience spans architecture, government, teaching, and real estate development. Kimberly is a principal in the Chicago studio of HOK, a leading global design firm. She cofounded 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.

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This lecture is made possible by the DeeDee and Herb Glimcher Program Fund, which supports presentations by distinguished speakers in the fields of art, architecture, and design, and cosponsored by Ohio State’s Knowlton School and the Wexner Center for the Arts.

American Electric Power Foundation

Ingram-White Castle Foundation
Ohio Arts Council
Martha Holden Jennings Foundation
State Farm
Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation
Karen Bell and Ben Maiden
Barb and Al Siemer
Chalmers P. Wylie VA Ambulatory Care Center

The Wexner Family
Greater Columbus Arts Council
The Columbus Foundation
Ohio Arts Council
American Electric Power Foundation
L Brands Foundation
Adam Flatto
Mary and C. Robert Kidder
Bill and Sheila Lambert
Institute of Museum and Library Services
Nationwide Foundation
Vorys, Sater, Seymour, and Pease
Arlene and Michael Weiss

Mike and Paige Crane
Pete Scantland
Axium Packaging
Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams
President Kristina M. Johnson and Mrs. Veronica Meinhard
Nancy Kramer
Lisa Barton
Johanna DeStefano
Russell and Joyce Gertmenian
Liza Kessler and Greg Henchel
Ron and Ann Pizzuti
Joyce and Chuck Shenk
Bruce and Joy Soll
Clark and Sandra Swanson
Jones Day


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Kimberly Dowdell