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Melissa R. Daniel

Designer

KCCT Architects

Melissa R. Daniel, a designer at KCCT Architects in Washington, wants to help more women become licensed architects.

She was selected in 2012 for the Emerging Architect Award by the Washington Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and in 2013 as the Young Architect of the Year by the District of Columbia Council of Engineering & Architectural Societies.

Daniel assists in design on embassy compound buildings for the U.S. Department of State.

She started the Women in Architecture Series and serves as a member of the American Institute of Architects Diversity & Inclusion Council.

The 36-year-old also mentors a young woman architect. Her own mentor, Barbara Laurie, who is now deceased, inspired her when they first met at a program during Daniel’s high school years.

“She is the reason I am still in architecture. She’s the reason why I fell in love with it in the first place,” Daniel said. “Now it’s her legacy — trying to pass on what she passed on to me.”