Safiya Hodari

As a founding member and Chapter Secretary of NOMA PGH, Safiya finds great joy in advocating for greater diversity in design and the architecture profession as a whole. Her goal for our chapter is to streamline our communications and social media strategy, connect with other local minority professional organizations, inspire young people to seek a career in architecture, and work toward hosting a National NOMA conference here in Pittsburgh in the near future.

Something About Me

Born in San Francisco and raised in Columbus, Ohio Safiya J. A. Hodari is a Project Architect and the Construction Administration Coordinator at AE Works, Ltd., a Pittsburgh-based architecture-engineering firm. At AE Works, Safiya’s profound commitment to improving the lives of end-users earned her both the Staff Member of the Year and Leadership awards, among others.

She is passionate about advocating for better communities and spaces through thoughtful, evidence-based design and infusing sustainable strategies in all facets of practice, cradle to cradle, from conception through construction, commissioning, occupation, and reinvention.

In recent years, Safiya served as the Associate Director and then Regional Associate Director for AIA Pennsylvania and a board member for the Young Preservationist Association. She also volunteers with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Pittsburgh as frequently as her schedule permits. Additionally, Safiya is deeply committed to working with young people, promoting culturally conscious design, environmentally-responsible living, historic preservation, interior design, real estate, community development, and activist architecture.

Outside of her love for architecture, design and construction, she enjoys graphic design, international travel, literature, fine and performing arts, holistic health and wellness, community service, jazz music, writing, mentoring, rollerblading, table top games, and being with family.

My Goal

Passive House Design Certification

Teach architectural theory and practice in higher education

Education & Certificates

Safiya holds a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture and Spanish from Washington University in St. Louis, a Master of Architecture from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Master of Science in Architecture-Engineering Construction Management from Carnegie Mellon University here in Pittsburgh. She also participated in the inaugural class of CMU’s Remaking Cities Institute UDREAM program in 2009.  

My Skills
Construction Administration & Construction Management
Building Information Modeling
Adobe Creative Suite
Construction Documentation