Ilva Dodaj

Senior Associate


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Ilva joined DGA in 2007 while working toward a Bachelor of Architecture degree at the City College of New York (CCNY). Upon graduating in 2011 she joined DGA full time. During her time at DGA she has managed to transition through many roles, most recently becoming an Associate in 2017. In addition to numerous academic accolades and her DGA experience, Ilva is also an Adjunct Professor for the Environmental Systems II class at the City College of New York. As part of City College’s faculty Ilva is also a co-instructor of the first Architectural Lighting Elective class at CCNY. Ilva is a member of the IES committee on  educational facilities and has won several Lighting Awards and in 2018 was named by Lighting Magazine as part of the 40 Under 40 North America group of up and coming young lighting designers.  Ilva’s extensive project experience have included transportation, infrastructure, historical preservation, schools, offices, public parks, retail centers, hospitality, and master plans, making her an invaluable asset to the firm.


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