RENEE DOWNING

LIBRARY PLANNING & MARKETING

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Since 2005 Renee has held a dual role at HBM as Director of Marketing and in leading our Facility Master Plan efforts. Her background in architecture and English is enhanced by her love of painting and graphic design. She is motivated by a desire to help libraries dial into the distinct and changing needs of their users and find creative solutions to improve their buildings in support of this mission. Renee is also involved with developing material for staff / stakeholder / community engagement sessions, conducting these sessions, and also compiling the input received into a summary book for our clients. She is an advocate of life-long learning and the importance of cultivating curiosity.

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Architecture – Rhode Island School of Design

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Architecture – Rhode Island School of Design

REGISTRATION

LEED AP

RECENT SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

07 / 2019 Library Journal Article:
“Breaking the Model - How Community Centered Libraries Celebrate Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity”

10 / 2015 Ohio Library Council Annual Conference:
“New Ideas in Library Planning & Design: Integration Into Existing Spaces & Considerations for New Buildings”

11 / 2014 Library Journal Magazine Webcast :
“Commons x3: The Role of Learning Commons in Public, Academic, and School Libraries”

11 / 2014 DEMCO Article:
“New Approaches and Ideas for Refreshing Your Library Space”

LOCAL LIBRARY DESIGNED BY HBM

Orange Branch
Cuyahoga County Public Library