Joanne Aitken is dedicated to building public appreciation for architecture and its ability to shape place and create community.
Joanne has over 35 years of experience as an architect, educator, and advocate for the built environment. At KieranTimberlake, she has led the design and construction of numerous student life projects including the Charles David Keeling Apartments at the University of California, San Diego, and the renovation of Silliman College, Yale University's largest undergraduate residential college. She has also worked extensively on Harvard University's River House Renewal projects.
Outside of the firm, Joanne is a founding member and former chair of the Philadelphia Design Advocacy Group. She also served as President of the AIA Philadelphia, where she was involved in the founding of the Charter High School for Architecture and Design. In 2016, Joanne received the John Frederick Harbeson Award from the AIA Philadelphia, which recognizes significant lifetime contributions to the architectural community and its allied professions.
Joanne is an adjunct associate professor of architecture at Drexel University. She shares her experience in student life projects and historic renovations at conferences including the AIA Philadelphia's Design on the Delaware, the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture's (ACSA) National Convention, and the Society for College and University Planning's (SCUP) Regional Conference. She has served on design juries for the Tennessee, Rhode Island, Boston, and Northeast Pennsylvania chapters of the AIA as well as the ACSA and the American Institute of Steel Construction.
Joanne's writing and architecture reviews have helped spur Philadelphia's design discourse, and has appeared in publications including New American City, The Philadelphia City Paper, The Philadelphia Architect, Philadelphia Daily News, and the Philadelphia Inquirer.