AA women architects: starting 2011 off big

03Feb11
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The start of 2011 has been great for African American women architects. They are getting awards, starting new ventures, and having an impact on the design community. Here are a few highlights.

Sharon Sutton, FAIA has been named the 2011 Whitney M. Young, Jr. Award honoree. The AIA says the award, named after the civil rights icon, “honors architects and organizations that exemplify the profession’s proactive social mandate”. Sutton is noted for her work promoting diversity, academic research and teaching, and bringing design education to youth. Read the full article here.

Kathy Dixon, AIA launched her own firm K. Dixon Architecture PLLC (KDA). Kathy has over 17 years of experience. Her firm is located in Upper Malboro, Maryland. I love that she launched using social media and with a beautifully designed logo to brand her firm. Follow all the firm’s news on her Facebook page.

“Riding the Vortex,” the discussion about African American women architects, in which I have participated, will be presented at DesignDC 20011. Have a story to tell about your place in the architecture profession? Join in the discussion. Vortex Stage VIII, Thursday, June 23rd 10:15 – 11:45am.

Several women participated in the AIA Haiti/New Orleans Summit. This gathering, to connect with organizations already on the ground, is one step to improving the lives of those trying to restore their cities and homelands.

I look forward to more for 2011.



2 Responses to “AA women architects: starting 2011 off big”

  1. Walter Street told me about this group. I am interested and would like to know more.

    • Kathleen,
      Walter might have been thinking of the Vortex group, created out of seminar we have done for a few years called Riding the Vortex. It is a place for black women architects to give voice to their experience. You should check out the Facebook group.