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PD/AED Seminar Series - Danielle Tillman

When: Monday, April 3, 2023
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM CT

Where: Technological Institute, A230, 2145 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Graduate Students

Contact: Tierney Acott   (847) 491-3257

Group: McCormick - Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

Category: Lectures & Meetings



Danielle Tillman is Managing Principal of bKL Architecture and is an advocate for infusing architecture with social consciousness. Tillman strives for a profession and built environment that reflects its communities. Through her work, Tillman has been visible and tenacious in her engagement to shift the perception of what an architect is. In today’s presentation, Tillman will
guide you through her personal career trajectory while highlighting recently completed projects and industry statistics. She will discuss the importance of placemaking, highlight the intimate details
of bKL Architecture projects including Cirrus and Whitney Young Library, and review current AEC industry demographics.

Danielle Tillman’s specialty is built environments that naturally integrate into their communities.
As Managing Principal of the Chicago-headquartered bKL Architecture, Tillman has become an expert at infusing architecture with social mindfulness. Throughout her career, she looks to cultivate relationships with neighborhood leaders and residents, synthesizing their requirements and feedback into the project program. Danielle’s global portfolio includes mixed-use and residential developments including Chicago’s 300 N. Michigan and 160 N Morgan developments, as well as The Selby in Toronto Canada and select projects in China. Danielle’s key educational and institutional projects include GEMS World Academy, University of Chicago Campus South Multi-Use Facility, numerous Chicago Public School projects, and the renovation and expansion of the Whitney Young Public Library.

Danielle earned a BS in Mathematics from Spelman College and a Master of Architecture Degree (MArch) from the University of Michigan. She also holds a Certificate in Real Estate Development. Danielle is a member of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA), the AIA Chicago Foundation Board, Business Leadership Council, the International Women’s Forum (IWF), Urban Land Institute (ULI), Chicago Women in Architecture (CWA) and CREW Chicago. Danielle is on the Board of Advisors of the College of Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology and has been appointed as a Commissioner for the Chicago Plan Commission. She was named a 2022 Crain’s Notable Executive of Color in Construction and Commercial Real Estate and 2022 Crain’s Notable Black Leader and Executive. Danielle is a 2021 AIA Young Architect Award recipient, 2019 AIA Illinois Alan Madison Service Award recipient and a 2019 Crain’s Chicago Business “40 under 40” recipient. She is a licensed architect in the state of Illinois.

Based in Chicago, bKL Architecture was founded in 2010 by Thomas Kerwin, FAIA. With offices in Chicago, Atlanta, Washington DC and Shanghai, its portfolio includes globally recognized projects that span a broad range of scales and building typologies. The firm is led by a senior team with decades of international experience and has a staff of remarkable diversity. Tenets of bKL include service to its clients, leading-edge design and a deep civic commitment to the communities where the firm designs and builds.




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