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Fellows Series: Donald I. King FAIA

Thursday June 19, 2003
Noon luncheon at Four Seasons Olympic Hotel, Seattle

Making good on a youthful vow to improve the lives of those existing in the shadows of prosperity, Donald King (BFA Wayne State; MArch UCLA) champions diversity, using culturally responsive architecture to empower both clients and users.

For more than twenty-five years, his practice has followed the central theme of service, with a history of volunteerism among Detroit inner-city youth, in rebuilding a smoldering Watts, and design work in Seattle for African-American, Hispanic-American, and several Asian-American groups. His firm, DKA, focuses on community-based projects including health care facilities, libraries, and affordable housing.

An extensive community service portfolio includes recent service on the Board of Directors of ETC (The Elevated Transportation Co., now known as the Seattle Monorail Project), the Search Committee for the City of Seattle DCLU Director, the Mayor's Small Business Task Force, Vice President of Tabor 100 (a grassroots organization designed to promote the economic, educational, and political advancement of African American businesses), the AIA national Scholarship Committee, and the AIA Seattle Board of Directors.

In offering his nomination to the AIA College of Fellows in 1999, sponsor David Wright FAIA noted, "Donald . finds the time to participate in countless professional and civic boards and committees.. He has introduced architecture and planning to diverse peoples and then nurtured their ability to affect their own built environment.. [Donald's work offers] testimony to the tenacity and dedication of that young man who decided years ago that he would make a difference through architecture."

We urge Fellows/Honors Council members to bring young architects and colleagues as their guests, to share the inspiration and experience of this presentation.


Roger B. Williams FAIA
President, Fellows/Honors Council

Note: Donald King will participate also in the Solstice Mini-Conference & Feast June 20.

Donald I. King FAIA


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