Joanne Aitken has devoted her professional life to building public appreciation for the value of architecture and its ability to shape place and create community.
Joanne has led the design and construction of numerous student life projects at KieranTimberlake, including the Charles David Keeling Apartments at University of California, San Diego, and the renovation of Silliman College, Yale University's largest undergraduate residential college. She is currently in charge of several House Renewal projects at Harvard University, including Stone Hall, McKinlock Hall, Dunster House, and Lowell House, now beginning design. Prior to her work at KieranTimberlake, she programmed two new residential campuses at Cornell University and created a new arts district master plan at the University of Virginia, among other types of projects.
She has thirty years of experience as an architect, educator, and advocate for the built environment. She led the Design Advocacy Group of Philadelphia as a Steering Committee founding member and Chair from 2008-2011, and her reviews of the built environment, published in the weekly Philadelphia City Paper, helped spur discourse on design in Philadelphia. She served as President of AIA Philadelphia in 1999, where she was involved in the founding of the Charter High School for Architecture and Design.
Joanne carries her experience teaching design studios at Drexel University into her professional practice, where she mentors young architects. She shares her experience with professionals at conferences on topics such as renovating historic structures for increased performance and climate responsive design.
Her writing has appeared in publications including New American City, The Philadelphia Architect, Philadelphia Daily News, and the Philadelphia Inquirer.