The Directory of African American Architects

Kwesi Daniels

posted Aug 3, 2017 by mannda

Kwesi Daniels selected as head of architecture department at Tuskegee University

Kwesi Daniels, a 2002 graduate of Tuskegee University, has been selected to head the university’s Department of Architecture in the Robert R. Taylor School of Architecture and Construction Science.

Daniels’ 15-year career has included teaching architecture and sustainability principles at the university level at Tuskegee University, Columbia University, the University of Illinois at Chicago, Temple University and New York University. Through his professional practice, he has garnered expertise in the areas of affordable housing development, historic preservation, sustainability, community outreach and urban design.

“Mr. Daniels’ dissertation research will be a major asset for our school’s efforts to employ strategies helping make our campus and the surrounding community more socially sustainable,” said Carla Jackson Bell, the school’s dean. “We look forward to his contributions, which I trust will build on the department and school’s rich legacy of excellence.”

After Daniels earned a bachelor of architecture degree from Tuskegee, he completed a master’s degree in architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a master’s degree in sustainability management at Columbia University. He currently is finishing a Ph.D. in geography and urban studies at Temple University.

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Database Summary

There are currently 2161 licensed African American architects in our database.
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The last 10 architects added to the database:

Dec 11, 2017 Whawn Marie Allen LA
Dec 5, 2017 Luther Lemon DC
Dec 3, 2017 Asia Dixon Allen TN
Dec 3, 2017 Gregory Lincoln Lake TX
Dec 1, 2017 Safiya J.A. Hodari PA
Dec 1, 2017 Temitayo K. Fasusi DC
Nov 13, 2017 Rachel Simone Jordan CA
Nov 11, 2017 James E. Wilson, Sr. AL
Nov 9, 2017 Anta Henriques Miranda DC
Nov 8, 2017 Kimberly D. Jackson NY

The last 5 faculty added to the database:

Oct 29, 2017 Emanuel Admassu RI
Aug 5, 2017 Kiwana T. McClung LA
Jun 2, 2017 Dahlia R. Nduom DC
Feb 6, 2017 Jana Cephas, PhD MI
Feb 3, 2017 David Sledge DC


Nov 9, 2017 In the last three years the website has averaged over 40% newly licensed women (of the total of licensed African American Architects).
Sep 11, 2017 Sherman A. Lewis, known to friends as Andre, 63, of Newport News, Va., passed away on Monday, July 17, 2017 at his home. A memorial service was held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at Mount Gilead Baptist church under the direction of Mercy Funeral Home. Andre was a licensed architect in the State of Texas and a 1977 graduate of Hampton University’s architecture program. His love and memories will remain in the hearts of his wife, Patricia Lewis, (1) son; (2) daughters, other relatives and many friends.
May 10, 2017 The first licensed women architects were Louise Harris Brown(IL), Beverly L. Green (IL), NormanSklarek (NY), Henrietta V. Harney (IL), Roberta Washington (NY), Sharon E. Sutton (NY), Marilynn Stanley (NY), Donna DeJongh (Vir. Isl.) and Marcia Roberts (OH).
Mar 18, 2017 Our congratulations to the new 2017 FAIA (Fellows): Kathy Dixon, Karl Grice, David Hughes, Kevin Sneed, and Ndn Kwendeche.
Jan 21, 2007 We are proud to announce that THE DIRECTORY OF AFRICAN AMERICAN ARCHITECTS has received a 2007 AIA Award for Collaborative Achievement. The Directory of African American Architects, established in 1991 by two faculty, Professor Bradford Grant, chair of Architecture at Hampton University, and Dennis Mann, Professor of Architecture at the University of Cincinnati, have garnered an Institute Honor for Collaborative Achievement for its success in advancing the visibility, representation, and contributions of African-American architects, in the words of its founding collaborators. The directory lists more than 1,500 African-American architects who practice in the private and public sectors, teach in higher education, or work outside the profession and still maintain licensure. The listing, with its series of highlight studies, continues to expand and now includes a Web site [] and a comparable listing of landscape architects. Noting the directorys immediate usefulness, J. Max Bond Jr., FAIA, writes in support of the nomination: The Directorys existence helped give a presence to African-American architects. It helped people contact each other and thus helped to reinforce the creation of a community of Architects.
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