Huckabee’s Kate Dunfee, AIA, RID, was recently honored as a 2020 ENR – ACE Outstanding Mentor. In a national competition that identifies exceptional mentors in the ACE program, a jury selected Kate and five other individuals who have profoundly impacted students and peers. Those who know Kate describe her as an incredible advocate for education, someone who makes consistent efforts to promote learning culture.
The ACE program supports students who are interested in careers in the architecture, construction and engineering industry—offering opportunities for students to connect with mentors, complete relevant projects and qualify for scholarships. Many of the students who participate are underrepresented populations or first-generation college students.
“This past year, almost 5,000 mentors worked with close to 10,000 students across the nation,” an ACE representative stated. “Studies have shown that two-thirds of ACE students enter college with plans to study architecture, engineering or construction. This is because of the passion and dedication of volunteers like Kate.”
Kate will be featured in an upcoming ENR – ACE publication, and a scholarship will be awarded to a local ACE student in her name.
Kate is a Project Architect and has worked at Huckabee for the last 15 years. In her role, she helps bring projects through the full life cycle of production—leading her team from design through construction documents, specifications, bidding and construction administration.
Kate believes in the power of education, and she leads internal and external efforts to enhance learning for all ages. Whether she’s working with students from local districts or coordinating mentorship opportunities for Huckabee employees, Kate invests heavily in others. The Huckabee team is proud of the work she’s done and knows Kate is well-deserving of this recognition.