The Directory of African American Architects

Professor Kermit J. Lee

posted Jan 16, 2019 by mannda

Kermit J. Lee, Jr., 83, died on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 with his devoted and loving wife of 55 years, Lore Leipelt Lee, at his side. Born in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1934 and a Syracuse resident for more than 50 years, Kermit was a Professor of Architecture at Syracuse University and co-owner of Skoler and Lee Architects with the late Louis Skoler.

A 1957 magna cum laude graduate of S.U. with a degree in architecture, Kermit pursued graduate study at Technische Hochschule in Braunschweig Germany as a Fulbright Fellow. While in Europe he also served as Chief of Architecture, a civilian post with the Seventh Air Force AFEX.

His professional accomplishments include: Chairing the NY State Board of Architecture, charter membership on NY State Governor Mario Cuomo’s Cultural Advisory Committee for Times Square and 42nd Street, and investiture as a Fellow, College of Fellows, American Institute of Architects. As the first black graduate of the School of Architecture, he was particularly proud of his mentoring role for minority students.

A stroke ended his teaching career in 1994, but did not diminish his immense intellect, sense of humor, entrepreneurial spirit, or devotion to family. Predeceased by his parents, Kermit, Sr. and Lillian Jackson Lee, Kermit leaves his wife Lore, daughter Karin George (Richard), son Jason A. Lee, two grandchildren, his four siblings, Ronald, William, Judith and Deborah, as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins who will all miss him dearly.

In lieu of flowers, gifts can be made to Syracuse University with “Kermit Lee Scholarship” on the memo line if by check (Send to: Syracuse University, Attn: Jodie Ralston, Womens Building, 820 Comstock Ave. Suite 214D, Syracuse, NY 13244-5040 or at

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Database Summary

There are currently 2269 licensed African American architects in our database.
  • 452
  • 1817

The last 10 architects added to the database:

Feb 15, 2019 Larry Travis, Jr. DC
Feb 14, 2019 Stephen D. Bent MO
Feb 9, 2019 Juliet Serem TX
Feb 4, 2019 Rasheda Travelle Tripp VA
Feb 3, 2019 Adam Wesley Guy VA
Jan 18, 2019 Brien Laron Graham TX
Jan 17, 2019 Damian Lemons CA
Jan 14, 2019 Celeste Nicole Hall IL
Jan 13, 2019 Kristopher Leslie Maddox CA
Jan 13, 2019 Audrey Louise Plummer GA

The last 5 faculty added to the database:

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 21, 2018 Christopher Jamal Howard DC


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.
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 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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