Melanie Buzgan Dower

Melanie Buzgan Dower is a Principal and Director of Culture at Rothschild Doyno Collaborative.

As a Project Manager and Project Architect, Melanie focuses on the experience of the end-user to create meaningful places that respond to a client’s individual and unique needs.  This approach embodies her belief that people are at the heart of design.

With her focus and prioritization on our shared humanity, Melanie has guided the open and supportive culture of Rothschild Doyno Collaborative. She fosters an environment built on trust and mutual respect for all living things.  Melanie has helped grow a supportive network within the office that allows each individual to flourish and thrive, prioritizing mentorship and collaboration.  Melanie is a steward of creative problem solving that harnesses the expertise and perspective of all stakeholder voices.

“What inspires and motivates me is allowing everyone to have a story like mine, where one can figure out who they are as an architect and become the best version of themselves here.”

Melanie joined Rothschild Doyno Collaborative in 2006, after receiving a Master of Architecture and a Master of Urban Design from Kent State University. She currently serves on the advisory board for the Kent State University College of Architecture and Environmental Design.  She is a past chair of the American Institute of Architecture (AIA) Pittsburgh’s Young Architect Forum and Associate Director of the AIA Pittsburgh Board. She currently serves on the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee for AIA Pittsburgh, and has been involved in the Women+ in Design Pittsburgh community.