Kate Diamond is HDR’s Civic Design Director and a Design Principal in the Los Angeles office. An award-winning designer, she brings a lifetime personal commitment to sustainable design within the urban context as a key generator of design excellence. Present SoCal projects include multiple campuses for the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power and the Orange County Sanitation District that all aspire to achieve Net Zero Energy, LEED Platinum, and Fitwel certification. A partial list of other prior sustainable efforts include her participation in writing the City of Santa Monica’s first Sustainable Design Guidelines, leading the design of the first US Land Port of Entry to achieve LEED Certification, and the design of two Federal Courthouses that achieved LEED Gold.
In 1996, Diamond was elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). From 1993 to 1994, she served as the first Woman President in 99 years of the AIA’s Los Angeles Chapter. She also served as President of the Association for Women in Architecture from 1985 to 1987. She continues to serve on the National Peer Review Council for the GSA Design Excellence Program. In the past, she frequently taught design studios at the University of Southern California, School of Architecture.