Kathleen Dorgan, AIA, LEED-AP, principal of Dorgan Architecture & Planning in Storrs CT, and an adjunct member of the faculty at Roger Williams University, is a practitioner of comprehensive sustainable community development. Trained in architecture (Rensselaer) and urban planning (Pratt), she contributes to the development of incremental strategies for neighborhood-renewal and community-building. Her projects are featured in Good Neighbors: Affordable Family Housing, The Design Advisor, and Design Matters and the National Building Museum’s exhibit Affordable Housing: Designing an American Asset. Chair of the AIA Housing Knowledge Community and past president of the Association for Community Design, her areas of expertise include participatory and green design.
During her Loeb Fellowship she conducted research on community design. As a HUD Community Builder Fellow she coordinated Livability, University Partnerships, Homeownership, Healthy Homes, Brownfield Redevelopment and Smart Growth Initiatives. During her tenure as executive director of the Capitol Hill Improvement Corporation in Albany NY over 1500 buildings were renovated or constructed and a rich variety of programs for area residents and merchants were developed. Dorgan is active in volunteer groups and is a frequent speaker, instructor and writer about design and community renewal. She is a member of the Design School at Harvard’s Alumni Council and UMASS Architecture and Design Advisory Council.