In honor of women’s history month, Waldner’s is celebrating the strong female leaders in our industry who are changing the state of the corporate pipeline for female representation in the workplace.

This post’s spotlight is on Jane Greenwood AIA, LEED AP ,Managing Principal at Kostow Greenwood Architects, an award-winning, national design firm based in New York City and founded in 2002. 

What is the proudest moment in your career journey?

Matching my entrepreneurial ambitions with my chosen vocation as an architect.   I joined Kapell and Kostow Architects in 1993 and became a Partner in 1998.  I assumed a greater leadership role and ownership in 2002 when I formed Kostow Greenwood Architects with Michael Kostow.   As a woman in this industry, having my name on the door has meant having greater control of my destiny and experiencing validation of one’s abilities – professional aspirations that have often been denied to women across many professions.

Your biggest accomplishment in our industry?

As a snapshot of what I feel is happening across the industry, I look to the current team of architects and designers at Kostow Greenwood Architects and feel that my mentoring and advocating for greater diversity and gender equality helped move the needle.   We have a team of talented individuals who span diverse cultural backgrounds and professional backgrounds and have great respect for each other without any gender bias.

What advice would you give to women in the workplace? 

Own your voice and don’t wait for an invitation to use it.  Speak up and contribute to the dialogue and find moments to lead the conversation.  If you show your confidence, you’ll be your confidence.