Posts Tagged ‘woman architect’

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, […]


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 […]


Architect Magazine has had a smattering of coverage on women in architecture over the last few months. 1) Double Whammy: Would there be more women in architecture if there were more women in development? 2) Spaces Through Gender It is great that more women are getting press. However I was really disappointed with the latest […]


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 […]


NCARB stats

21Aug12

In July NCARB* released a new publication, NCARB By The Numbers, which “offers an inside look at the data behind the architectural profession.” For anyone interested in the state of the profession, it provides insight on who is getting licensed, why people get licensed, and how long it is taking them to complete the process […]


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 […]


blaze a trail

24Oct11

The following is a piece of a thread of Twitter chat I participated in a month ago. @skibison: @NOMArchitects A2: Do you still really need to blaze ure own path? Have there not been enough examples to follow? #NOMAchat August 31, 2011, 12:43 am @MelissaRDaniel: I wish I was tough like the pioneer women b4 […]


Photo by Hannah Bromberg 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, […]