RIM Announces Two New Principals


RIM Announces Two New Principals

RIM Architects (RIM) announces the promotion of Michelle Klouda, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C, and Jason Arnold, AIA, NCARB, CDT as Principals in RIM’s Anchorage office. “Michelle and Jason actively participate in the Alaskan community, volunteering for various organizations and managing the design process for an assortment of project types. Both have demonstrated strong leadership qualities and are exceptionally qualified and well-deserving of this promotion,” remarked James Dougherty, Managing Principal of RIM’s Anchorage office.

Michelle, a graduate of the University of Oregon with a degree in Architecture, began her career at RIM in 2007 as a summer intern. “I’ve always wanted to be an ambassador for RIM. For that reason, I participate in several organizations: Downtown Community Council, Past President for the Society of American Military Engineers, Anchorage Post, and the Anchorage Downtown Partnership. As a Principal, I’ll have an even greater opportunity to contribute and represent the firm.”

Beginning at RIM as an intern in 2008, Jason is now President of the American Institute of Architect’s (AIA) Alaska Chapter, an Alaska State Licensing Advisor for the Architectural Experience Program (AXP) and the Architectural Registration Examinations (ARE), a member of the National Architectural Accreditation Board (NAAB) visiting team, and a member of the Food Bank of Alaska’s Building Committee.

Jason is a graduate of Iowa State University with a bachelor’s degree in Architecture and minors in Digital Media Design and Philosophy. Prior to joining RIM, he served in the U.S. Army for ten years as an Army Resources Sergeant with several deployments to Iraq. “In my role as Principal, I plan to focus on implementing new programs, processes, and technology to streamline and improve our project delivery.”

RIM Architects is a design firm providing excellence in comprehensive architecture, interior design, planning strategy, sustainable design, and branding/graphic design services since 1986. Today, RIM is recognized for its diversity in regional design expertise—created and managed by a staff of 70 who are strategically located in Anchorage, Alaska; San Francisco and Tustin, California; Hagatña, Guam; and Honolulu, Hawaii. RIM supports clients from pre-design strategy through project implementation, occupancy, and post-occupancy follow up.

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