Sho-Ping Chin Women's Leadership Summit Grant
U.S. Fulbright Senior Scholar at National Taiwan University
Georgetown University (BS. in Business Administration and Marketing)
George Washington University (MFA)
University of Pennsylvania (M.Arch, CREDD)
Latoya Nelson Kamdang is a U.S. Fulbright Senior Scholar in Taiwan and a Registered Architect, Certified Interior Designer, and LEED Accredited Professional. Her experience spans architecture, planning, exhibit design, industrial design, and interior design. She has worked on project typologies which include hospitality, retail, museum, workplace, education, and government.
Before beginning research at National Taiwan University, Latoya was a Senior Architect at the Lab (technology and strategy studio) at Rockwell Group. She led a design team for an innovation gallery at Hilton Worldwide Headquarters and was also the architectural design lead on Hudson Yards Observation Deck experiential narrative. Latoya was an interdisciplinary team member from RFP submission through construction documents for the Smithsonian Institute National Museum of African American History and Culture. Latoya’s spatial design focus was in the Slavery & Freedom History Gallery. Her technical expertise was used to explore sustainable exhibit strategies. Latoya’s experience has spanned the federal government. At the United States Department of State Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO), she collaborated with the interior design and planning department. Her primary focus was the strategic planning, design, development, and construction management of United States Embassies overseas. While a consultant for OBO, she worked on logistically complex and highly secure projects.
Latoya has developed her career in practice while maintaining a connection to academic research and teaching. Latoya has been working simultaneously as a Visiting Associate Professor at Pratt Institute for ten years. She educates students on interdisciplinary design approaches and color and material theory. She has a research focus on rapidly expanding urban areas, neighborhood gentrification, passive sustainable technologies, and indigenous architecture. Latoya earned a Master of Architecture from University of Pennsylvania School of Design as well as a Certificate in Real Estate Design & Development from the Wharton School of Business. She also has a Master of Fine Arts degree from George Washington University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Marketing from Georgetown University.