Gayle Kirchmar



Gayle Kirchmar is a thought leader in mission-critical projects with high-stakes global impacts, wherein she tackles the unique challenge of reconciling rigorous security requirements in top-secret environments with high-performance workspace and preservation considerations. She provides high-level direction for KCCT and expert leadership that fosters collaboration between multidisciplinary project teams, resulting in a process that exceeds stakeholder expectations. The scale of her portfolio ranges from historic renovations to flexible new multi-tenant building prototypes to entire campus redevelopments, and her approach prioritizes sustainably conscious design that is contextual to the surrounding community fabric. 

An enthusiastic proponent of empowering designers, Gayle is a leader within the AIA's Project Delivery Knowledge Community and a member of the DBIA DEI Committee. A board member for the ACE Mentor Program, she is passionate about the mentorship and development of aspiring architects. She works to impart an appreciation of architecture and connection with career tools for emerging professionals. She founded KCCT's Women in Architecture group, focused on providing resources and a connection point for the firm's women architects. Prior to joining KCCT, Gayle specialized in community development and stabilization projects to facilitate Washington, DC's ongoing renaissance, including the University of the District of Columbia Community College renovations, the Mary Church Terrell House for Howard University, the Ellen Wilson Community Center, and the Phillips School Condominiums.

Years of Industry Experience

Master of Architecture | Virginia Tech
Bachelor of Arts, Graphic Design | University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Professional Licenses, Certifications, Memberships, and Associations
American Institute of Architects, Project Delivery Knowledge Committee
National Council of Architectural Registration Boards
Architecture Construction Engineering Mentor Program, DC Board
Design-Build Institute of America, DEI Committee