Moody Nolan is excited to welcome Kathryn T. Prigmore, FAIA, NOMAC, NCARB, LEED, BD+C, CDT, as director of operations for Moody Nolan DC. Kathryn brings over four decades of firm leadership, project management, and academic experience, as well as an inimitable understanding of the dynamics that facilitate successful project delivery. In this role, she will continue to grow the firm’s presence in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia, tying the office back to its original vision and goal of establishing itself in the government and commercial sectors. 

“Kathryn’s impressive career and long-standing reputation in DC as both a leading architect and educator only strengthen our firm's capabilities,” says Jonathan Moody, CEO and President. “Her leadership and guidance enable Moody Nolan DC to contribute to the area’s built environment with a thoughtful, future-forward approach.” 

Influenced by her education, Kathryn embraces “form follows function” in her approach to projects, overlaid by a sensitivity to historic precedent, the human experience, and environmental factors. Throughout her career, Kathryn has managed award-winning architectural/engineering (AE) projects of varying complexity, spanning a range of sizes, typologies, and delivery methods for private, federal, and defense clients. With a deep knowledge of architecture, engineering, and project management, she has excelled at successfully delivering high performance and long-lasting partnerships, holding a wide range of responsibilities from leading program development studies to serving as AE teams’ commissioning manager. Her extensive project portfolio includes 1001 Pennsylvania Avenue, DHS Headquarters and National Operations Center, the Pentagon, and most recently, the Department of Homeland Security US Customs and Immigration Services Headquarters. 

Prior to joining Moody Nolan DC, Kathryn served in leadership roles at numerous firms, guiding business operations, developing training programs, building and fostering client relationships, and implementing good business practices. 

“I am delighted to join Moody Nolan during a critical time for the firm as it continues to grow in DC and nationwide,” says Kathryn Prigmore. “With a background in academia, I embrace a collaborative leadership style. My primary goal is to cultivate an environment that supports learning and empowerment and I look forward to blending my approach with the existing culture at Moody Nolan DC. I am inspired by the firm’s collective confidence to take risks and its commitment to delivering the best results for its clients, and I look forward to the opportunity to further expand and establish the firm in this region.”

Kathryn is a founder of RIDING THE VORTEX (VORTEX), an organization whose mission is to increase the number of African-American women licensed to practice architecture in the U.S. In 2022, VORTEX was awarded the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Whitney M. Young Jr. Award for its catalytic role in the growth of practicing people of color, particularly African-American women architects, which saw a 254% increase between 2007 and 2021 – a direct impact of VORTEX’s work. 

In addition to her reputable career as an architect, Kathryn is a seasoned educator of architecture, engineering, and sustainable design. Her 13 years as an Associate Professor in the Howard University Architecture Department bracketed 8 years as Associate Dean of the School of Architecture and Design. More recently, Kathryn taught design as Adjunct Professor in Practice at Virginia Polytechnic & State University’s Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center (WAAC).

Kathryn is an involved member of the architecture and design industry, and has previously held leadership and board positions at various organizations, including AIA National; AIA DC; AIA Northern Virginia (AIANOVA); National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB); National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB); the Virginia Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Certified Interior Designers and Landscape Architects (APELSCIDLA); and the Virginia Museum for Architecture and Design