How Kimberly Dowdell is supporting her fellow architects of color and planning for the next generation. : If this is your first time registering, please check your inbox for more information about the benefits of your Forbes account and what you can do next! By heart, Kimberly Dowdell knows that she’s the 295th Black woman to become a licensed architect in the United States. In fact, many of her fellow female peers have their own numbers memorized. If Dowdell’s place on the list seems low for a 37-year-old, it is.