The Directory of African American Architects

Mortimer Marshall Jr., FAIA

posted Jun 14, 2018 by mannda

It is with sadness that we share the following news... NOMA has lost one of its original founding members and his supportive spouse. See the message below from the Tuskegee Alumni Association: Remembering Mortimer M. Marshall Jr., FAIA and wife, Betty Laverne Marshall June 14, 2018

With deepest sympathy, we regret to inform our alumni family of the passing of Mortimer Mercer Marshall, Jr. on June 13, 2018. The memorial service will take place in conjunction with the late Betty Laverne Marshall, his beloved wife, who passed away on April 26, 2018. Friday, June 15th, 2018, services will take place at 2 p.m., at The Atrium at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, 9750 Meadowlark Gardens Court, Vienna, VA 22182.

Mortimer M. Marshall Jr., FAIA, was honored with the Whitney Young Award for his continued dedication to architecture as a vehicle for leadership and service.

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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.

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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 2254 licensed African American architects in our database.
  • 446
  • 1808

The last 10 architects added to the database:

Dec 9, 2018 Tiara J. Williams SC
Dec 6, 2018 Ivan N. O'Garro VA
Dec 6, 2018 Admo A. Ogun MO
Nov 30, 2018 Christopher Michael Charles VA
Nov 29, 2018 Vincent M. Ogbueli TX
Nov 25, 2018 Riziki House-Okon DC
Nov 24, 2018 Flaubert Ngamga Nkuikam MD
Nov 24, 2018 Malik O. Ajose CA
Nov 20, 2018 Edward Sidney Griffin VA
Nov 19, 2018 Lorenzo Minter, Jr. MS

The last 5 faculty added to the database:

Sep 17, 2018 Derek Ham, PhD NC
Jul 15, 2018 Joel Hall IL
May 21, 2018 Christopher Jamal Howard DC
Mar 7, 2018 Jerry U. Guerrier NC
Oct 29, 2017 Emanuel Admassu RI


Oct 26, 2018 Architect SAMUEL TURNER, III passed this last week. He graduated from West Memphis Senior High School in West Memphis, Arkansas in 1978 and the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville in Fayetteville, Arkansas in 1984 with a Bachelor's Degree in Architecture. He passed the state of Tennessee architect exam in 1998. He worked for 36 years as a licensed architect in the Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, Missouri, Alabama and Louisiana areas. His designs included but were not limited to churches, commercial buildings, residential structures and remodels. Our condolences to his family.
Oct 25, 2018 FELTON LAMAR LAMB JR., "Squirmy" departed this life on Aug. 8, 2018. He was born in Little Rock, Ark., on November 6, 1953. The only beloved son of Bliskie Vine Lamb and Felton Lamb Sr., both of whom predeceased him. Felton was an architect for the Lamb Brother's Construction Corp., where everyone knew him by his nickname, "Squirmy". He worked well with people and they could appreciate his talent and work ethic. He always seemed to have a smile for everyone. Our condolances to his family.
Oct 24, 2018 The most African American Architects licensed was in 1992! 81
Oct 4, 2018 We were sorry to learn of the passing of Sterlin C. Daniel, an architect in Philadelphia who retired to Virginia. Our condolences to his family.
Oct 3, 2018 We are currently at 52 newly licensed architects for 2018.
Jul 16, 2018 An interesting statistic: Since 1/1/18 we have added 37 newly licensed this year plus 28 who were licensed before 2018. This means there are more people out there who we've not listed yet as we don't know about them. Check the Directory if you know of someone not listed.You are our best source. Thank you, Brad and Dennis
Mar 11, 2018 With heavy hearts, AIA New York learned that Percy Griffin, AIA, passed away in August (2017). He was 84. Mr. Griffin was the owner of his own firm and was also a professor at NYIT. Prior to starting his own practice, he also worked in the office of Philip Johnson. Jack Travis wrote of him, ".... he was a giant of a man who seemed to be so approachable. Percy Griffin greatly supported and mentored young architects. He taught devoted students at NYIT until the very end".
Feb 24, 2018 Prof. Brad Grant and I would like to congratulate the 2018 FAIA inductees; Dina A. Griffin (Chicago); Melody L. Harclerode (Atlanta); Zena K. Howard (NC Research Triangle); and Ronnie W. McGhee (Washington DC).
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 directory’s immediate usefulness, J. Max Bond Jr., FAIA, writes in support of the nomination: “The Directory’s 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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