KATHRYN PRIGMORE

SAY IT LOUD - NOW Exhibitor

Virginia Based Designer

Who or what inspires you professionally?

In high school I learned the power of using my talents to inspire others so I am empowered by former students and mentees who are actively and successfully involved in making the profession more accessible and rewarding. 

KATHRYN PRIGMORE

Bio:

I have dedicated over 40 years to the profession as an architect, educator, regulator, ethicist. And (I often forget) engineer. I practice in the Washington, DC metropolitan area and I am concerned about environmental degradation and the viability of our profession.

How did you first learn about architecture and when did you decide that built environment profession was an area of interest for you?

The Civil Rights Movement and the effects of redlining and environmental injustice on my family illuminated the built environment’s impact on each individual’s aspirations and eventual achievements so by the time I was in 7th grade I gave up astrophysics for architecture.

What do you do?

I am most satisfied managing large, technically complex architecture projects for clients with sensitive missions. However, I find risk management is also a fascinating aspect of the practice.  

What excites you in the work you do?

I am able to successfully and tactfully balance the expectations and dynamics of project teams - the Client, the Contractor, and the AE - when we are often not headed in exactly the same direction.  

Who or what inspires you professionally?

In high school I learned the power of using my talents to inspire others so I am empowered by former students and mentees who are actively and successfully involved in making the profession more accessible and rewarding. 

What is your proudest professional accomplishment or achievement?

I am a Founding Collaborator of Riding the Vortex: African American Women Architects in Practice. Over the past dozen or so years we have brought to light our collective experience and inspired hundreds to achieve licensure or otherwise excel. 

Featured Project Name: 

The Frank D. Reeves Center (DC Municipal Office Building)

Featured Project Location: 

Washington, DC

 

Featured Project Completion Date: 

1986

Role in Featured Project: 

Project Architect (and what is now called CAD Manager)

 

Featured Project Description:

Mayor Marion Barry, upon inheriting a City Hall at the far edge of the Federal Triangle - far from the residents of any background and in much need of repair - envisioned building a home for vital citizen services at the intersection of 14th and U Streets - the heart of Chocolate City. Designed by the largest AE firm in the MidAtlantic and two African American firms - the VVKR/RTC/ Devrouax & Purnell Joint Venture - with a diverse staff that rivals any in design and technical competency today.

Photography Credit:

Photo (The Washington Post); Others (VVKR/D&P/RTC Joint Venture

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