The Directory of African American Architects

Andre P. Copeland

posted May 17, 2019 by mannda

After a brief stint as an Architectural Intern for the Department of the Treasury (IRS) right out of college, André moved on to work for the Washington DC architecture firm of Arthur Cotton Moore Associates for 5 ½ years (1984 – 1990). He then moved on to The Office of the Architect of the Capitol, where he worked for 24 years, until he had to retire on disability (2014). While he worked on many different projects in this Federal position – U.S. House of Representatives office moves, Book & Media Storage Facility Design and Construction, etc. -- the highlight of his career there was his ten-year association with the renovation and restoration of the Thomas Jefferson and John Adams Buildings of the Library of Congress. Both buildings (but especially the Jefferson Building) were beautifully restored to their original ornate splendor while being unobtrusively retrofitted with modern-day life safety amenities, such as sprinkler, fire alarm, and security systems. André also served as a mentor at Phelps Architecture, Construction and Engineering High School in Washington, DC for several years, until his disability prevented him from doing so. Finally, and perhaps especially unusual given our small numbers in the profession, André happened to be married to another African-American Architect. I am already included in your directory.

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The Directory of African American Architects is maintained as a public service to promote an awareness of who African American architects are and where they are located. The sole qualification for listing is licensure in one of the fifty US jurisdictions and their territories.

If you are not presently listed please complete the PLEASE ADD ME form and submit.

The Directory is sponsored by the Center for the Study of Practice at the University of Cincinnati.

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Database Summary

There are currently 2277 licensed African American architects in our database.
  • 457
  • 1820

The last 10 architects added to the database:

May 23, 2019 Demetra Alexa Thornton CA
May 9, 2019 Justine E. Banda NY
May 6, 2019 Dana Elise McKinney CA
Apr 27, 2019 Rayna Murray FL
Apr 26, 2019 Brandon Timothy Herron TX
Apr 10, 2019 Manseon Currence TX
Apr 3, 2019 Kornell G. Rancy, Jr. VA
Mar 30, 2019 Monifa Akim-Sharla Hendrickson-Woodside NC
Mar 12, 2019 Nadine Saint-Louis NY
Mar 5, 2019 Zoe Sweeney McMichael GA

The last 5 faculty added to the database:

Mar 11, 2019 Jennifer Newsom MN
Jan 7, 2019 John . Onyango, Ph. D IN
Jan 7, 2019 Simon Adamtey, MTM, Ph D OH
Sep 17, 2018 Derek Ham, PhD NC
Jul 15, 2018 Joel Hall IL


May 25, 2019 We are sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. Charles L. Perinchief, Jr. formerly of Williams-Russell and Johnson, Architects in Atlanta , GA. Our condolences to his family.
May 16, 2019 Please be advised that African-American Architect André P. Copeland passed away on 11 December 2018. He was 59. He had retired on disability from The Office of the Architect of the Capitol in Washington DC in June 2014, following a ruptured brain aneurysm. He received his BArch and MBA from Howard University in 1982 and 1987, respectively.
Mar 14, 2019 We recently received information that Vianne Theresa McKinney passed in Feb. 2014. We are always saddened to hear when someone who was still so young dies. Vianne was a graduate of Tulane University and worked in San Antonio, TX.
Mar 12, 2019 According to NCARB "Women represent 20 percent of certificate holders—a credential for licensed architects which is a 1 percent increase from last year." We just reached 20 % licensed Arfrican American women listed in the Directory!
Mar 4, 2019 We have removed all of the websites which were no longer active. If you have a new website please let me know @ You must be an owner, partner or associate to have your site listed.
Feb 9, 2019 CONGRATULATIONS to James Garrett, Jr. and Oswald Ortega for receiving the AIA's Young Architects Award.
Jan 10, 2019 If you are licensed and not listed kindly apply by using the PLEASE ADD ME link at the top of the Home Page. There is no fee for being listed.
Dec 19, 2018 FOR STUDENTS! SmithGroup values diversity and inclusion; therefore in 2018 we introduced the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship Program. Our hope is to provide underrepresented students the opportunity to attain their goals, while advancing the professions of architecture, landscape architecture and engineering. While our communities often represent a broad ethnic and racial diversity, for far too many years, people of color have been underrepresented in the design fields. We believe that diverse perspectives enrich the design process, which will allow us to create inspiring places that support and reflect all of our communities. This scholarship includes the opportunity for a paid internship in one of our 13 offices. Students will work side-by-side with practicing landscape architects, architects, engineers, planners and more. Assignments will vary and include project research, site visits, computer production, design reviews, and assisting on marketing efforts. Commitment to this summer internship is required to receive the scholarship. Applicants must be current undergraduate or graduate students in an accredited architecture, landscape architecture, interiors, engineering program including mechanical, electrical, plumbing, civil, structural and fire protection. Candidates must be from an underrepresented population, and undergraduates must have at least junior standing. Award: $6,000 (five scholarships awarded annually) Deadline: Applications will be accepted through January 18, 2019 for the 2019-2020 academic year. To submit your application visit us at:
Oct 24, 2018 The most African American Architects licensed was in 1992! 81
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).
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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