Imani Dixon, AIA, NOMA, is a licensed architect who has a passion for expanding the profession for those in marginalized communities. Prior to moving to Chicago from Ohio, Imani received a B.S. in Architecture from Bowling Green State University and a Master of Architecture from the University of Cincinnati. As an active I-NOMA (National Organization of Minority Architects, Illinois Chapter) member since 2017, Imani’s main involvement has been through one of I-NOMA’s youth initiatives, the Design Build program as Mentor and Design Manager, and co-chair in 2018. Motivated by the ability to solve a variety of problems with design, she has worked on pro bono projects through this program that serve communities while involving and educating youth who are in turn motivated to positively impact their own communities through design. Now the Secretary and Marketing Chair of I-NOMA, she has been able to help advance these initiatives from a leadership position as well. Imani’s professional experience, also community-focused, consists of vocational, higher education, and transportation project types with additional experience in workplace project types. She has also been able to expand her outreach with underrepresented students as a mentor in ACE Mentor Chicago and leadership in intern programs. Imani believes that representation is important but not without guidance for others to follow, and hopes to continue assisting those on the path to the architecture and design-related professions and beyond.