Hosted by AIA Detroit 
Local Contact: Charlie J. Klecha, Assoc. AIA

Detroit will take part in a joint dual-broadcast between Washington, DC and Detroit, Michigan for the National Plenary Broadcast. In addition to this national programming, our local programming will include three session:

Leadership is Fundamental

Thought Leadership in Practice

Exercising Leadership Beyond


R. Steven Lewis, FAIA, NOMA
Urban Design Director, City of Detroit

Steven Lewis is an architect and a tireless advocate for social justice and diversity within the field of architecture. In 2016, Steven accepted an appointment by Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan to serve as Urban Design Director for the central region of the City. Steven is also an entrepreneur, previously launching "Thinking Leadership" - a consulting practice distinguished by a facilitated approach to collaborative problem-solving. Prior his work in Detroit, Steven worked with TRC for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Parsons Corporation in Pasadena, and the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) as a Program Manager with the Office of the Chief Architect in Washington, DC. 

Kimberly Dowdell, AIA
Partner, Century Partners

Kimberly is a Detroit-based architect and real estate developer who officially launched as an entrepreneur in June 2016. A native of Detroit, Kimberly grew up with an ambition to revitalize cities using real estate development and sustainable design as tools for renewal. Through her experience as an architecture student at Cornell and as a young professional in Washington, D.C. and New York, she has been working toward her goal of creating transformative development projects in a variety of urban contexts. Kimberly returned to her hometown in 2015 to serve on the City of Detroit's Housing and Revitalization team. Prior to Kimberly's public service, she was a Sheila C. Johnson Leadership Fellow within the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard.

More details on speakers and schedule coming soon! 


The Loft at Madison, 1555 Broadway, Detroit, MI 48226



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