HOK names director of strategic relationships

Kimberly Dowdell

Kimberly Dowdell has been appointed as architecture firm HOK’s director of strategic relationships. Dowdell, previously marketing principal in the firm’s Chicago office, brings a wealth of experience and expertise to this newly created position.

Working closely with the firm’s regional and market leaders, Dowdell will lead HOK’s efforts to develop strategic relationships across its global offices.

Dowdell co-chairs HOK’s Diversity Advisory Council and helped found HOK Impact, the firm’s social responsibility arm. She also leads HOK Tapestry, an online portal and program for diverse firms seeking to collaborate with HOK. She is the 2023 first vice president of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the 2024 president-elect. She previously was president of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) and is a current member of the National Organization of Minority Architects Council (NOMAC).

Dowdell will be based in HOK’s Chicago office but will have responsibilities in all the firm’s offices worldwide. She holds a Master of Public Administration from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University, where she also serves as a trustee.