After 10 years as executive director of the Mississippi Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, Joe Blake is retiring and passing the title to Amber Lombardo.
Blake orchestrated the plans for building the chapter, and built it with his longtime assistant Kristen Anderson, who also is leaving the organization to spend more time with her family.
Lombardo, has a background in design. As the former Director of Programs for the Mississippi Heritage Trust, she developed the Mississippi Historic Preservation Toolkit, a collection of financial incentives and best practices for people wishing to restore historic buildings. In October 2016, Lombardo sold her 17-year-old, Memphis-area advertising agency, art gallery, digital print shop and magazine in order to devote her time to building programs in Mississippi, her home state. She graduated from Mississippi State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies in Architecture, Engineering and Marketing.
AIA MS is based in Jackson.