Dianne is a founding partner of Clark/Dixon Architects (est. 1987). She has more than 34 years of professional experience with an emphasis on public projects, and has established an expertise in existing building evaluations and new building compliance with various codes analysis. Her work is characterized by its focus on public places and their sense of place. Dianne earned her BS degree in architectural technology from the University of Memphis Herff College of Engineering. She graduated from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.
Dianne was recently named by LinkedIn as one of “15 of the Most Influential Architects in the Memphis Metropolitan Area.” She has held the distinction of being the only woman architect named in the Memphis Business Journal’s “Most Influential Architects” five years running. Dianne’s firm, Clark/Dixon Architects, specializes in public architecture and spaces that engage the general public: schools, libraries, parks, community centers, airports, churches, historic preservation and adaptive re-use of historic structures.
My reason for joining NAWBO is simple. I started my architecture practice more than 30 years ago and at that time there were very few women architects, let alone one who owned her own firm. As a women architect, I didn’t have other women in my profession to talk to or advise me. For several years I sought a place to share my experience and practice my leadership skills among other talented women! In 1997 I met several dynamic women who belonged to NAWBO Memphis and who impressed me with their business successes. They were experienced business women who saw commitment in me and invited me to participate in this wonderful organization. They made me feel valued and empowered, and helped me gain access to the network of people who could and would support me in my efforts to further my business practice. I am successful in business–I have won numerous awards for my designs–and I’m very grateful for the opportunity to serve my community through my work!
Today more than ever, women have embraced the effort to improve their economic status through starting their own businesses. Many have employees and have had measured successes but also have very real problems in finding adequate opportunities and access to the marketplace. I believe the collective voice of successful women business owners has strength in the political landscape and will produce tangible results for meaningful work and economic empowerment. Now is the time to stand up and knowledge the works of our women business owners. I currently serve on several boards and commissions representing the design community as well as women business owners. Together we are creating an environment where women can have a stronger voice and let everyone know that we deserve a seat at the table because we are smart, articulate and talented equals. Women benefit from the support of other successful women, and together we can raise the level of expectations to include women! NAWBO provides a sounding board for your business problems, support for your business organization and resources for your business growth! I’m grateful for the opportunity to serve as NAWBO – Memphis President! I’m happy to give back and provide the encouragement for the new generation of women entrepreneurs!