Kathryn Prigmore, FAIA, NOMAC, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C, CDT

Adjunct Professor in Practice

B.S., Building Sciences, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

B.Arch, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

M.S., Engineering, The Catholic University of America

B.S., Building Sciences, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

B.Arch, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

M.S., Engineering, The Catholic University of America

Kathryn T. Prigmore teaches the Integrated Building Design Studio at the WAAC. The content of this studio is designed to address NAAB Student Criteria 6 – Building Integration. In addition, Prigmore has taught Environmental Systems and Structures for 13 years at Howard University, and served as the Associate Dean of the School at Howard for 8 years. Prigmore currently serves on the architecture program advisory boards at Hampton University Architecture and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Prigmore is a design practice leader with an inimitable understanding of the dynamics that impact the success of projects and firms. Prigmore has over 40 years of design and management experience for award-winning architectural projects of a wide range of sizes, types, and delivery methods executed for private and public clients within diverse practice environments. Registered to practice architecture in 1982, she was one of the first twenty African American women registered to practice architecture in the United States; the 5th African American woman elevated to AIA Fellowship; and the 75th African American Fellow.

Her involvement in the profession of Architecture as a practitioner, educator, and national and state registration board member has enabled Prigmore to connect practice and education in a synergistic way. She has managed the design of award-winning buildings; she has taught and mentored future architectural leaders; and she has fostered public awareness of the profession and linkages between all aspects of the profession through her service. Her achievements have made a national impact that extends from the architecture community into the larger American landscape.

Throughout her career, the mentoring of young people interested in architecture has been a sustained, personal mission. Kathryn has organized and participated in national and regional conferences, juries, and expositions providing opportunities for students, educators, professionals, and the public to engage in discourse about the future of architecture and architectural education. She is a past Chair of the AIA National Ethics Council, the NCARB Committee on Examination, and numerous other NCARB, NAAB ,and ACSA committees that serve to bridge the chasm between education and practice. In 2022, the AIA honored Prigmore and the Riding the Vortex collaborators with the National Whitney M. Young, Jr Award for their sustained contributions toward increasing the number of African American women licensed architects.

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