New Leaders Elected to AIA Board of Directors

Three new leaders have been elected to the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) Board of Directors.

AIA delegates elected Kimberly N. Dowdell, AIA, as the 2023 First Vice President/2024 President-elect; Britt Lindberg, FAIA, as the 2023–2024 Secretary; and Illya Azaroff, FAIA, the 2023-2025 At-large Director. View full announcement on AIA’s website.

Kimberly N. Dowdell, AIA, NOMAC, elected 2023 First Vice President/2024 President-elect

Dowdell has had a myriad of volunteer roles at the AIA. She participated on the Equity and the Future of Architecture Committee from 2019-2020, the New Urban Agenda Task Force from 2019-2021, the AIA New York Nominating Committee in 2021, the AIA Chicago EVP Search Committee in 2021, and was a Young Architects Award Recipient in 2020.  

Dowdell also served as the 2019-2020 president of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA). She has been an AIA member since 2007. Dowdell graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Architecture in 2006 and received a Master of Public Administration from Harvard University in 2015. She is currently Marketing Principal at HOK Architects.  

Britt Lindberg, FAIA, elected 2023-2024 Secretary 

Lindberg, a Technical Director at Gensler, is currently an AIA Board At-large Director. She served as President of AIA California in 2018 and was on the Board of Directors from 2013-2018.   

Lindberg received a Bachelor of Chemistry from Cornell University and a Masters in Architecture from UC Berkeley. 

Illya Azaroff, FAIA, elected ​2023-2025 At-large Director

Azaroff, Associate professor at New York City College of Technology (CUNY) and Founding Principal of +LAB architect PLLC, has a long history of volunteering with AIA, including serving as the 2021 President of AIA New York State.  

Azaroff received a Bachelor of Geography from the University of Nebraska and a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Pratt Institute. 

Visit AIA’s website to learn more about AIA leadership.

AIA’S 2024 PRESIDENT-ELECT KIMBERLY DOWDELL, LEFT, AIA’S 2023-2024 SECRETARY BRITT LINDBERG, AIA’S 2023-2025 AT-LARGE DIRECTOR ILLYA AZAROFF

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