The Directory of African American Architects


posted Feb 24, 2019 by mannda

The 2019 FAIA awards were bestowed on Thomas Fowler IV, Anzilla R. Gilmore, Dominique M. Hawkins, Kevin M. Holland, Darren Lamarr James, Michael W. Johns, Burchell F. Pinnock, and Jimmie E. Tucker. Please congratulate them.

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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.

If you are listed and would like to see a link to your firm's web site please contact Dennis Alan Mann at

Privacy Policy

No information in our database is made public except what appears on the web site.

Name, City, State, Home State of License

If the person is a firm owner or partner and if the firm has a web site then a live link is provided to that web site. All other information is stored in our database and used only for research purposes with no names connected to information (see Publications for examples of our research).

Database Summary

There are currently 2275 licensed African American architects in our database.
  • 454
  • 1821

The last 10 architects added to the database:

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
Mar 4, 2019 Samuel Turner, III AR
Feb 24, 2019 Amir L. Mott OH
Feb 15, 2019 Larry Travis, Jr. DC
Feb 14, 2019 Stephen D. Bent MO
Feb 9, 2019 Juliet Serem TX

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


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 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.
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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