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The field of architecture is full of talented individuals who continue to shape and mold the world as we see it. With their innovative designs and unique approach to structures, there is a clear distinction between sheer talent and expertise when it comes to the architecture industry. Gloria Kloter is one of those unmistakable talents that stands out among the rest. The award-winning architect manages her own team of equally talented architectural designers through her firm, Glow Architects.
Gloria Kloter, AIA, NCARB, CODIA is a renowned architect and interior designer based in the state of Florida and the Dominican Republic. Gloria holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo (Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo). Her alma mater is one of the leading universities in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, which is why she holds insurmountable skills and knowledge in her craft.
She then completed her Master’s degree in Architecture at the University of A Coruña (Universidad de A Coruña) and Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Gloria Kloter has over sixteen years of experience in architecture and interior design, giving her a massive edge over the competition.
In spite of her success, she had a rough start in life as her parents got divorced when she was five years old. Gloria grew up with her mom and sister by her side. Since she started college, she had to work so that she could pay the bills and her tuition. She struggled before she eventually got her architecture license and moved to the United States.
Gloria began her career in 2004 and established her own firm in 2009. Initially, she worked in the Dominican Republic with projects ranging from private commercial to residential clients. She had the opportunity to lead the design and development of the Steve Madden store in the Blue Mall in Santo Domingo. Her work on the project garnered massive attention from the press, landing her on the pages of Arquitexto, a renowned architecture publication in Santo Domingo.
Gloria Kloter worked on other big projects in the early days of her career. She had the opportunity to design various retail stores, restaurants, and residential projects as she was starting out. She also did furniture design and developed displays for various projects. Later in her career, Gloria decided to move to the United States and obtain a license to practice in Florida.
Currently, Gloria Kloter manages her own firm called Glow Architects. The firm is composed of a highly passionate group of design professionals who love architecture as much as she does. “We enlighten the design process for our clients with realistic visualization, effective communication and genuine care,” explains Gloria.
Glow Architects is a woman owned company, and it is a testament to the willpower of women to establish their own marks within the architecture industry. The firm serves as a beacon of empowerment for all women architects everywhere. Chief architect and CEO Gloria Kloter hopes to motivate more women to take a stand and embody the positive values of grit, hard work, and determination.
Gloria Kloter has been greatly recognized for her amazing contributions to the architecture industry. She received the AIA Tampa Bay 2020 Kelley Award for mentoring young and aspiring architects. She was also spotlighted by NCARB, the AIA Florida Architect Journal, the AIA YAF Connection, and the Women in Architecture committee in Tampa Bay in 2020. She has been featured in various prestigious publications such as HOY, Listin Diario, and Diario Libre in the Dominican Republic.
She is a testament to the power of hard work and dedication. Gloria Kloter has always put her heart and soul into everything she does. In the near future, she hopes to continue creating a positive impact in society through her work and through her story. On June 15th, 2020, she was blessed with a baby whom she loves with all her heart. “Being an Archi-Mom while running an architectural firm has deeply transformed my perspective about life and business, and the importance of finding balance between architecture and motherhood. We women are so strong, powerful and capable. We can do everything we put our minds into it.” said Gloria. Gloria is an inspiration not just to women architects but to moms and women all over the world.