Ennead Architects’ Director of Operations Latoya N. Kamdang was elected At-large Director of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), as announced at the 2023 AIA Conference on Architecture in San Francisco.
For her two-year AIA appointment which begins in 2024, she is eager to focus efforts on environmental and social sustainability and on supporting the development of new practitioners in the field. She explains, “As we begin to transition to a post-pandemic work culture, the nurturing and mentoring of emerging professionals is necessary for the long-term sustainability of our profession.” Kamdang says, “As an educator, I hope to bring emphasis on training and development of future practitioners as a fundamental pillar of the architecture profession's foundational practice.”
Latoya N. Kamdang, AIA is a U.S. Fulbright Senior Scholar, Registered Architect, Certified Interior Designer, LEED Accredited Professional, and a Visiting Associate Professor at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. She has a research focus on rapidly expanding urban areas, participatory design processes, and indigenous architecture. Beyond teaching and research, Latoya is a practitioner with experience that spans architecture, planning, exhibit design, and industrial and interior design. Latoya earned a Master of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania School of Design and a Certificate in Real Estate Design & Development from the Wharton School of Business. She has a Master of Fine Arts degree from George Washington University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Marketing from Georgetown University. She currently serves on boards for the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation, The New York State Board of Architecture, The First 500, the ACE Mentor Program NY, and the Van Alen Institute.
“We are thrilled to have Latoya Kamdang as a key member of Ennead’s leadership team, where she is having a transformational impact on our practice through her experience, advocacy and activism,” said Ennead Partner Kevin McClurkan AIA. “We congratulate her on this new role with the AIA and are excited to see her develop initiatives at a national level that will have a positive impact on the field.”
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