Posts Tagged ‘african american architect’

As in years past, one of my big projects this year was editing the magazine publications for the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA). The Spring issue recapped the annual national conference in Indianapolis of Fall 2013, including the award winners and community service project. The Fall issue, themed Community + Design, highlighted projects and […]


As in years past, one of my big projects this year was editing the magazine publications for the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA). The Spring issue recapped the annual national conference in Indianapolis of Fall 2013, including the award winners and community service project. The Fall issue, themed Community + Design, highlighted projects and […]


At the end of 2013, there were approximately 1910 architects in the Directory of African American Architects. For the year, 25 AA architects reported as newly licensed. While the number is low compared to previous years, it reflects the downward trend that was also present in the recessionary times in the early 2000s. Year 2009 […]


My latest editorial effort is now available. The Fall 2013 National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) Magazine is Fitting Into the New Economy. The articles presented give stories and perspective on how today’s architects are weathering the storm. George Bandy, Jr. highlights USGBC’s expansion and opportunities created by a partnership with NOMA. Thalia Lewis sat […]


I started this venture almost three years ago, looking at the numbers of licensed African American architects. I wanted to know what the data said about the trend for people who look like me getting their architecture license in the US. I have yet to find anyone else doing this. However, if you know someone, […]


I was invited to expand a previously written post found here about NOMA and it’s importance on the organization’s 40th anniversary. This article was written for the American Planning Association (APA) Planning and the Black Community Division’s (PBCD) Winter newsletter which focused on social equity. You can download the entire newsletter here.


I went to the NOMA conference last month in Detroit. It was my first time in the city. Unfortunately home life made me shorten my trip so I was only there for about 36 hours. I had two goals: deliver the NOMA magazine on time to conference attendees and deliver my presentations well. I ambitiously […]


Woman at party says “I have seen your work.” I think jokingly “am I famous? are the paparazzi hunting me down?” At that party [tonight 9/24/2010] a few years ago, I was reminded of how small the circle of black women architects is. I was standing in a room of affordable housing/community development folks and […]


10 years ago

01Oct12

Where has the time gone? Almost ten years ago, my essay “Where Are the Architects That Look Like Me?” was published. At that time there were only 143 licensed African American women architects. I didn’t think it was a ground breaking essay and I am sure many other women had said the same words. That […]


Photo by thefixer Salon.com recently wrote about the “meltdown” of the architecture profession. This article is a the latest in a series of articles that basically saying how hard it is to make a living in the professions. Yes movies portray it as glamorous, but that only becomes reality for a few. For most of […]