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Architect at Studio+
Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo (B.Arch)
Universidade Da Coruña (M.Arch, dual-degree)
Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra (M.Arch, dual-degree)
Gloria Kloter, AIA, NCARB, CODIA is a Registered Architect and Interior Designer in the state of Florida and in the Dominican Republic. She has a Bachelor’s of Architecture from UASD, and a Master’s of Architecture from PUCMM and Universidade Da Coruña, Spain.
With over 15 years of combined national and international experience, Gloria excels in multiple fields. She established a small firm in 2009 back in the Dominican Republic and her specialty was in commercial and retail interior architecture. Among her projects was the design of a Steve Madden store in the Blue Mall in Santo Domingo, which was published by the architectural journal Arquitexto with an excellent review regarding its outstanding design. She has also been interviewed for multiple articles by the Dominican nationwide newspaper HOY regarding her experience in the fields of architecture and interior design. See her publications here.
Gloria came to live in Florida in 2015 and has been working at Studio+ since 2016, where she is currently an architect and has been working with healthcare, assisted living facilities, memory care, office buildings, K-12 education and commercial projects.
Gloria has a passion for mentoring and helping others around her. From 2008 to 2015 she was a professor of architectural drafting and design in the School of Design Altos De Chavon in Santo Domingo; this school is affiliated with the Parsons School of Design in NYC. She also volunteered with TECHO, where she built houses for families who lived in extreme poverty in the Dominican Republic.
Gloria has recently been promoted as the NCARB’s Architect Licensing Advisor for AIA Florida as a result of her efforts in supporting emerging professionals in their licensing journey. She also is the founder of the Foreign Architects Closed Group in Facebook, a community where she’s mentoring architects from other countries who are seeking to obtain their architecture license in the United States.
Gloria currently serves as an Associate Director of the AIA Tampa Bay. Driven by her passion for Architecture and our community, she revived the Women in Architecture Tampa Bay and co-created the Young Architects Forum Tampa Bay, where she now serves as a co-chair of both committees. For several seasons, she also have volunteered in the program “Architecture in Education” at the Lee Elementary School, which is an 8-week program where architecture professionals teach 5th grade students about architecture. She’s a member of CREW Tampa Bay as well.
Gloria was published by the Young Architect Blog by Michael Riscica with an inspirational video where she shares her journey as a foreign architect. You can see the video here. She was also invited to be a speaker at the Young Architect conference 2019 in Portland, Oregon, and was a panelist at the NCARB’s Architect Licensing Advisor Summit in Minneapolis, Minnesota.