Location: New York, NY
Michele Boddewyn, AIA
Michele Boddewyn started out in the architecture industry when she was just 24 years old. Today, she is president of Boddewyn Gaynor Architects, d.p.c. (BGA), where she has focused on creating an environment that fosters an open and free-flowing exchange of ideas. “Our goal is to develop inventive and inspired designs that reflect the individual character and persona of each client,” says Boddewyn. BGA also has extensive experience working in designated New York City landmark properties and water mitigation projects.
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When Boddewyn first entered the field, she feared discrimination because of her gender, but to her surprise, the only resistance she met was due to her young age. Her more seasoned colleagues didn’t trust her experience. Boddewyn overcame that skepticism by remaining organized, meeting industry standards and demonstrating professionalism, which ultimately earned respect.
But, Boddewyn says, “accomplishment comes with responsibility. Just as a hand was held out to me when I began my architectural career, I choose to reach out to lend my hand to up-and-coming architectural professionals.” That’s why she is an active member of the New York chapter of Commercial Real Estate Women. In addition, Boddewyn is a strong proponent of literacy, and is involved in local organizations that support this cause.