Imani Dixon is a licensed architect whose curiosity lies at the intersection of design and identity. She believes that individual and collective experiences are closely linked to the design of the built environment and how we navigate them, and as designers we can use this knowledge to solve problems that affect us daily. Being one of the approximately 500 Black women licensed architects in the country, she also has a passion for expanding the field of architecture for everyone.
In her approach to architectural design, Imani uses her technical knowledge and an understanding of client needs that come together to create holistic design solutions. With an inquisitive mindset and detail-oriented focus, she strives to deliver quality work that is thoughtful, creative, and thorough. Motivated by the ability to solve a variety of problems with design, Imani also works on projects that serve communities, with experience in pro bono projects that involve and educate youth who are in turn empowered to improve their own communities through design. She has been an active member of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) since 2017 and is also the current Secretary for the Illinois Chapter of NOMA.
- Master of Architecture, University of Cincinnati, 2017
- Bachelor of Science in Architecture & Environmental Design, Bowling Green State University, 2014
- PROFESSIONAL REGISTRATION
- Licensed Architect, State of Illinois, 2020
- Talk to me about….
- Modern architecture, youth engagement programs, 90s rap music, or musicals.
- Why architecture?
- I resonate with something I read by bell hooks once: “Architecture, though one of the least accessible art practices, is the most accessible public art in our nature.” As architects and designers, I believe we have the ability to bridge the gap and make beautiful, functional Architecture more accessible to people who experience it every single day.
- People would be surprised to know…
- I was a marching band geek during all 4 years of high school and my freshman year of college (I played the trumpet).