Hidden In Plain Site - Episode Nine - "Common Bond" - Kimberly Dokes

Kimberly Dokes, RA
Born and raised in the Washington D.C. Metro Area, Kimberly began her Architectural career in Detroit, MI working for local design firms. She founded Dokes Design Architecture, LLC in 2009 and is currently Principal at the firm. She attended college in southern Alabama at the historical Tuskegee University where she obtained her Bachelor of Architecture degree.

Kimberly has participated in a variety of building project types include multi-family, K-12 school buildings, higher education/university facilities, recreation/youth centers, historic preservation projects, office space consolidation, office renovations, and tenant build-out spaces. She has also enjoyed the complexity of large (federal bond) capital improvements and modernization programs. Such programs include The CIP Infrastructures Program at Detroit Metro Airport and Willow Run Airport; The North Terminal Redevelopment Program at Detroit Metro Airport; and The Detroit Public School Proposal S Bond Program.

3 of Kimberly’s Favorite Projects include:

  1. Barber Preparatory Academy in Highland Park – Library Renovation
  2. The North Terminal (now Evans Terminal) Project
  3. BGCSM Pontiac Concept Design


Detroit of Design Spotlight Show Notes

Shinola Hotel

David Whitney Building/ Aloft Hotel (Architect: Daniel H. Burnham & Co., neo-renaissance style)

Element Hotel at Metropolitan - Architects Weston and Ellington designed it in a Neo-Gothic style

Siren Hotel by Ash

Sonder Hotel Randolph Hotel - 139 Cadillac 

Book Cadillac Hotel - Louis Kamper 

Fort Shelby Hotel - Albert Kahn

The Cochrane House


Show Notes

Dokes Design Architecture

Tuskegee University Department of Architecture 

Architect of the Capitol

Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs) with Architecture Schools

Hamilton Anderson Associates

Kraemer Design

Madison & Madison (Sharon Madison)


Boys and Girls Club of Southeastern Michigan

Detroit Public School Community District

Plante Moran CRESA

WTA Architects (formerly Wigen Tincknell Meyer) 

Detroit Jazz Festival

Beverly Hannah Jones

Noir Design Parti Detroit West McNichols Black Architects Exhibit & Panel Discussion