Donna Kirk

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Adjunct Professor,
Exhibition Design Program
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Professor Kirk is a licensed architect and has worked in the Design Office at the NGA for over 30 years. She works closely with Chief of Design (and fellow professor) Mark Leithauser on the planning and installation of temporary and permanent exhibitions. Professor Kirk has been a visiting critic for the Rhode Island School of Design, Maryland School of Architecture, Catholic University, the Virginia Polytechnic University, and the Washington Alexandria Center for Architecture.

When not teaching or designing exhibitions, she enjoys singing with the Georgetown Chorale, biking and is known to make a mean batch of lemon squares.


Current Outside Position

  • Senior Architect AIA, Design Department of the National Gallery of Art



BFA in Sculpture, Montclair University
Master of Architecture, Virginia Tech University


Professional Organizations

  • American Institute of Architects
  • DC Chapter of AIA