Albert Kahn Associates Appoints Kimberly Montague as First Female CEO of Firm

In a field that is largely led by males in executive leadership roles, Albert Kahn Associates is taking great strides to change that by appointing Kimberly Montague as the first female CEO to oversee the iconic architectural, engineering, planning, design, and management firm.
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Kimberly Montague // Photo courtesy of Albert Kahn Associates

In a field that is largely led by males in executive leadership roles, Albert Kahn Associates is taking great strides to change that by appointing Kimberly Montague as the first female CEO to oversee the iconic architectural, engineering, planning, design, and management firm.

Montague becomes only the 12th CEO in the firm’s nearly 130-year history and retains her title as president, as well.

“Kim is without a doubt the best person to assume the leadership role at Albert Kahn Associates,” says Johannes Palm, COO of the firm. “She’s proven herself to be an exceptional architect, and her leadership is inspiring.  She is truly passionate about the people with whom she works, and she knows how to motivate them to reach new levels of excellence.”

Montague says, “This is an overwhelming honor. The privilege of leading Albert Kahn Associates, and of being the first women to have that distinction, is simultaneously humbling and thrilling. Mr. Kahn was an industry icon, and I am eager and determined to carry on his legacy of hard work, innovation, people-focused principles, and visionary practices.

A graduate of the University of Michigan – Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Montague began her career in health care design at Albert Kahn Associates and further ignited her career passion globally while working as architect for Planetree, the international healthcare consulting firm. Her contributions there included more than 400 design and organizational assessments which served nearly 2 million patients, caregivers, and families at health systems across the United States, The Netherlands, Brazil, and Japan.

Today, Montague has earned a reputation among her peers for domestic and international design industry leadership covering numerous fields. In a career that spans more than 30 years and includes prior stints at Albert Kahn Associates and Herman Miller, she is known for her dedication to research, design-thinking, industry advocacy, and her numerous presentations and writings.

Montague replaced Alan Cobb who retired.