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Meet our founder Gloria Kloter!

Updated: Jan 14, 2021

Foreign Architect in Tampa USA
Gloria Kloter, AIA, NCARB, CODIA. Photo Credit: Iris Van Nes

Gloria Kloter, AIA, NCARB, CODIA is an award winning 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 Masters of Architecture from PUCMM and Universidad de A Coruña, Spain.

With over 16 years of combined national and international experience, Gloria excels in multiple fields. She established her architecture firm in 2009 back in the Dominican Republic and her specialty is in private commercial and residential architecture and interior design. Among her projects is the design of a Steve Madden store in Blue Mall in Santo Domingo, which was published by the architectural journal Arquitexto with an excellent review regarding its outstanding design.

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Interview at Hoy Newspaper. Photo Credit: Glow Architects

Among her accomplishments, Gloria is the recipient of the AIA Tampa Bay 2020 Kelly Award, for her work in championing the causes and issues that are important to Associate members and young architects. You can see the official press release here. Gloria was also spotlighted by NCARB and was interviewed for the AIA Young Architect Forum National Magazine “Connection”, where she shared her experience as a foreign woman architect. Gloria was also nominated as the Women in Architecture Tampa Bay for April 2020. She has also been interviewed and featured in multiple articles by different Dominican newspapers like Medium, New York Wire, The American Reporter, New York Weekly, YAHOO Finance, US Insider, HOY, Listin Diario, Diario Libre, and others, regarding her experience in the field of Architecture, Interior Design and her journey in the USA. See her publications here.


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Gloria teaching at Chavon School of Design. Photo Credit: Glow Architects

Gloria has a passion for mentoring and helping others around her. From 2008 to 2015 she was a professor of Architectural Drafting and Design Studio in the School of Design Altos De Chavon in Santo Domingo. This school is affiliated with Parsons School of Design in NYC.

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Gloria Volunteering at TECHO. Photo Credit: Glow Architects

She also volunteered with TECHO where she built houses for families who lived in extreme poverty in the Dominican Republic.

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Photo Credit: Glow Architects

​Gloria was promoted to be the NCARB’s Architect Licensing Advisor of the State of Florida through AIA Florida after her efforts in supporting emerging professionals in their licensing journey. Being passionate about helping other foreign architects like herself, Gloria started a Facebook private group called "Foreign Architects" where she mentors and helps other immigrant peers in their licensing journey in the United Stated. She was also honored the 2019 Sho-Ping Ching Women’s Leadership Summit Scholarship, a recognition to mid-career women architects who are advancing toward leadership roles and are making a positive impact within their communities. 

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Gloria hosting an WIA Tampa Bay event. Photo Credit: Glow Architects

Gloria currently serves as part of the Board of Directors of the AIA Tampa Bay. Driven by her passion for Architecture and her community, she started the new Women in Architecture and Young Architects Forum Tampa Bay committees, where she now serves as the Chair of the WIA Committee. 

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Gloria volunteering in the AIA Tampa Bay for an ARE study group. Photo Credit: Glow Architects

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Gloria volunteering in the AIA Tampa Bay for an ARE study group. Photo Credit: Glow Architects

For several seasons, she also has 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.

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Gloria volunteering at the AIE program at LEE Elementary School. Photo Credit: Glow Architects

Gloria was published in the Young Architect Blog by Michael Riscica with an inspirational video where she shares her journey as a foreign architect while she was still in the process of studying for the ARE. You can see the video here. She was also invited to speak at the first Young Architect conference 2019 in Portland, Oregon, and was a panelist at the NCARB's Architect Licensing Advisor Summit in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Recently Gloria hosted a seminar for the NCARB’s Architect License Advisors community and has been invited to be a Keynote speaker at the upcoming Western Mountain Region Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico to speak about women in Architecture and Leadership.

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Gloria presenting her speech about Leadershinp at the YAC'19. Photo Credit: Young Architect

Gloria is married to Jeremy, our CFO, and together they have a little baby girl named Nova. They live in the Tampa Bay area with their two puppies, Coco and Puff.

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Photo Credit: Christina Louise

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