Kimberley O'Dowd

Kimberley O'Dowd

San Francisco, CA, US



I seek to challenge conventional notions of design while maintaining a humanitarian spirit.

I’ve been part of amazing projects including several projects throughout Africa that bring educational and health initiatives to communities in need and award-winning healthcare projects.

My work is greatly influenced by observation and collaboration


Independent Contractor, San Francisco, CA, US, Designer

Provided architectural, graphic and web services for new downtown restaurant. Created marketing materials, operational procedures and social media platform for new businesses. Executed permitting process with City of San Francisco as owner representative. Designed and fabricated custom products.

Oct 2010 - current

Architecture For Humanity, San Francisco, CA, US, Program Manager

Developed and managed multiple international projects throughout Africa and South America for fast-paced, non-profit firm, including sports for social change community centers and post-disaster reconstruction. Recruited and directed 15-20 junior staff, negotiated contracts, generated financial forecasts, and collaborated with stakeholders. Instrumental in starting regional office in Cape Town, South Africa.

Sep 2008 - Sep 2010

Wallace, Roberts & Todd | Solomon E.T.C., Philadelphia, PA, US, Project Architect and Manager

Served as Regional Director for large Senior Living client in Mid-Atlantic region. Managed master planning, design and coordination of new 180,000 square foot facility in Virginia while serving as Project Architect and completing construction documents on 165,000 square foot facility in Texas.

Aug 2007 - Aug 2008

EwingCole, Philadelphia, PA, US, Project Architect

Led multiple projects in a range of phases from Schematic Design through Construction Administration for projects ranging from 400 square feet to 475,000 square feet. Created drawings, generated cost estimates, coordinated with engineers and consultants. Assisted in developing firm-wide sustainable design initiatives. Selected to represent firm at national conferences.

May 2001 - Aug 2007


Philadelphia University, Philadelphia, PA, US, BArch, Architecture

Architecture Major

-Textile Design
-Furniture Design

Sep 1995 - May 2000

Ecole Nationale Superieure d'Architecture de Paris La Villette, Paris, FR, Architecture

Architecture Studio

Jan 1999 - Jun 1999

Temple University, Japan Campus, Tokyo, JP, Independent Study

Independent Study - Japanese Architecture
Asian Religions
Digital Photography

May 1998 - Aug 1998

Areas of Specialization