The Directory of African American Architects

Pascale Sablan. AIA

posted Feb 12, 2018 by mannda

2018 Young Architects Award Recipient

Emerging talent deserves recognition. The AIA Young Architects Award honors individuals who have demonstrated exceptional leadership and made significant contributions to the architecture profession early in their careers.

An articulate architect and mentor, Pascale Sablan, AIA, is only the 315th black female architect to receive licensure in the United States. With a passion for design that took root long before she began to practice, Sablan seeks excellence and humanity in all of her projects while providing a resounding voice for the issues facing women architects and architects of color.

Last year Sablan joined New York City’s S9 Architecture as a senior associate. Previously she had been an associate at the New York’s FXFOWLE Architects for more than a decade. As a member of FXFOWLE’s design team, she contributed to a number of commercial, cultural, and residential projects in the U.S., Asia, and the Middle East. In Boston, Sablan played a critical role—from concept through construction administration—for 888 Boylston Street, a 425,000-square-foot addition to the Prudential Center Complex. The LEED Platinum building is a landmark in sustainability and the highest-performing speculative office building in New England.

Sablan’s work has garnered a number of awards and honors, including the AIA New York/Center for Architecture Emerging Professional Award in 2014. A year later she was named National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) member of the year. Through her guidance as president in 2016, the New York Coalition of Black Architects was named NOMA Chapter of the Year and has since enjoyed a membership increase of more than 25 percent.

Throughout her involvement with NOMA, Sablan has developed programs to educate and empower minority architects. Her chapter’s Project Pipeline introduces elementary school students to architecture, sending design professionals to visit New York City schools. The program also offers financial assistance to one student and one recently licensed professional each year. Additionally, Sablan revamped NOMA’s collaborations with AIA New York’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee, the results of which were illustrated in the recent exhibition Sablan curated at the Center for Architecture, “Say It Loud: Distinguished Black Designers of NYCOBA|NOMA.”

Deeply committed to strengthening the profession and ensuring its future success, Sablan lectures regularly at colleges and universities, including Columbia University, Georgia Tech University, Pratt Institute, and Parsons School of Design. A regular participant in the ACE Mentor Program, she worked with students to design a new school campus in Cap-Haïtien, Haiti, replacing what was devastated in the 2010 earthquake. Their efforts there were recognized with a NOMA Prize for Excellence in Design (Unbuilt).

Dedicated to developing a more humane society, Sablan has a passion for architecture and social responsibility that is unsurpassed. While her many accomplishments speak for themselves, her prominent voice for women and architects of color is perhaps the most important one.

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Database Summary

There are currently 2175 licensed African American architects in our database.
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The last 10 architects added to the database:

Feb 20, 2018 Elise M. McCurley CA
Feb 14, 2018 Timothy M. Stone ND
Feb 9, 2018 Jamila Aisha Hazel GA
Feb 7, 2018 Gregory Dwayne Benjamin TX
Feb 6, 2018 Danielle Dyonne Madyun TX
Feb 5, 2018 Beresford Pratt MD
Jan 31, 2018 Sheldon Errol Eaton CA
Jan 30, 2018 Lucious W. Morris SC
Jan 17, 2018 Seyi S. Audu PA
Jan 13, 2018 Renee Pean DC

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


Feb 12, 2018 A note from Katherine Prigmore - "We lost one of our young women last week – Jacqueline Chavis-Wei. She worked with me at Shalom Baranes. (and more recently worked at Gensler in Washington, DC) I will send further information when it is available. One of our colleagues reminisced “she was a talented and hardworking architect with a wonderful personality. She was passionate about mentoring others and deeply cared about giving back to her community. ” Our condolences to her family, friends and colleagues.
Jan 28, 2018 Architect Gabrielle Bullock drew lines and then crossed them. LA Times Jan. 26, 2018
Jan 1, 2018 As of 12/31/17 we have added 49 new licensees in 2017, 43% were women. Will 2018 hit 50% for the first time?
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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