Danielle DiLeo Kim, AIA is a principal and co-founder of Locus Partners a multi-disciplinary urban design firm committed to creating positive social and environmental impact. As an architect and urban designer with twenty years of professional experience in and around Philadelphia, Danielle has led the realization of significant master plans and buildings for institutional, nonprofit, and municipal clients. She is also co-founder of Philly Girls Do Good, an organization that celebrates women leaders in design and community development. Danielle currently serves on the board of Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia, heads AIA Philadelphia Urban Design Committee, participates in the Women’s Leadership Council of ULI Philadelphia, and is the founder of Clementine Montessori School. For her efforts, Danielle was awarded the prestigious AIA Philadelphia’s Young Architect Award in 2012. She has degrees in Architecture from Virginia Tech and Harvard University. Her current passions are learning improv, training for half-marathons, and advocating for women leaders and entrepreneurs in community development.
Sylvia Palms, RLA is principal and co-founder of Locus Partners, a multi-disciplinary urban design firm committed to creating positive social and environmental impact. She brings to the partnership over ten years’ professional experience designing institutional, civic, private, and neighborhood landscapes from Philadelphia to Dallas. Her projects explore the expressive and instrumental qualities of a functioning ecology through educational and productive landscapes, healing gardens, and sacred space—offering access to living nature within the urban environment. Sylvia led a finalist team in the 2013 Philadelphia Infill Soak It Up! Competition for new green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) solutions. She is on the Landscape Committee of Awbury Arboretum, PHS's Design and Horticulture Committee, Sustainable Business Network’s GSI Partners Plan Review Committee, and founder of the Penn Alexander School Garden Community. She is also co-founder of Philly Girls Do Good, an organization that celebrates women leaders in design and community development.