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Architecture association hires first executive director

April 15, 2019
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Pamela Danckaert
Pamela Danckaert. Courtesy American Institute of Architects

The local chapter of an architecture association has named its first executive director.

The American Institute of Architects’ Grand Rapids chapter hired Pamela Danckaert for the role, which she started in January.

In the past, the chapter had an on-call administrative assistant and no other staff, so the board thought the addition was important to provide more consistency.

The chapter said it felt the need for stronger leadership, a consistent presence and a louder voice to promote the architecture profession in West Michigan, with the intention of having a bigger reach in the community, helping drive workforce development and promoting diversity in the industry.

With the Kendall College of Art and Design now offering an accredited master’s program in architecture, the chapter expects more interest in the profession.

Some of Danckaert’s responsibilities include implementing and executing an annual strategic plan, fundraising and event planning, representing the chapter in public and general administrative tasks.

Danckaert has worked in the architecture industry for over 10 years.

Most recently, Danckaert was the LEED project administrator for Design Plus.

Danckaert has a background in managing projects, planning, promotion and customer service, and she's a LEED-accredited professional.

She has volunteered in women’s ministry at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Jenison since 2015.

She holds a B.S. in architecture from Lawrence Technological University and a master of architecture from the University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning.

American Institute of Architects

Headquartered in Washington, D.C., AIA has more than 94,000 members in more than 200 chapters worldwide.

The Grand Rapids chapter represents 230 architects from more than 100 firms in West Michigan.

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