Black Architects To Research And Get to Know

COS Stores, designed by Samantha Josaphat

COS Stores, designed by Samantha Josaphat

 

It is a known fact that the world of Architecture remains overwhelmingly dominated by White males. It’s very common to visit today’s interior focused websites or read magazines and see very little mention of Black Architects. It isn’t that Black Architects do not exist, it’s just that the representation in the media is still so far behind when it comes to men and women of color. According to the National Association of Minority Architects (NOMA), fewer than 2 percent of the 105,000 licensed architects in the United States are African-American. The lack of visibility and awareness of Blacks in the profession is, has been and continues to be an alarming issue. I wanted to take some time out to highlight a few prominent Black Architects that we all should take our time to research, study, get to know and follow.

Roberta Washington, FAIA

 
 

Roberta Washington, FAIA, founded one of the first African-American, woman-owned architectural firms in the country. Roberta has been principal of Roberta Washington Architects, PC since 1983.

Mabel O. Wilson

 
Founder & principal,  Studio & ; professor, Columbia GSAPP

Founder & principal, Studio &; professor, Columbia GSAPP

 

Professor Mabel O. Wilson (‘91 M.Arch) teaches architectural design and history/theory courses at Columbia GSAPP. She is also appointed as a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Research in African American Studies and co-directs Global Africa Lab. Her design and scholarly research investigates space, politics and cultural memory in black America; race and modern architecture; new technologies and the social production of space; and visual culture in contemporary art, film and new media. via columbia.edu.

David Adjaye 

 
Sir David Adjaye OBE.

Sir David Adjaye OBE.

 

Adjaye is the Founder and Principal Architect of Adjaye Associates, founded in 2000. Perhaps one of Adjaye most notable projects to date is serving as lead designer of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, located on the National Mall in Washington, DC .


Yolande Daniels

 
Founding principal,  Studio SUMO

Founding principal, Studio SUMO

 

Yolande Daniels is a founding partner of studioSUMO, an academic/architecture partnership focused on innovative design involving research, formal exploration, and material invention in Long Island City, NY. 

Germane Barnes

 
Designer in residence,  Opa Locka Community Development Corporation ; lecturer, University of Miami School of Architecture

Designer in residence, Opa Locka Community Development Corporation; lecturer, University of Miami School of Architecture

 

Born in Chicago, IL Germane Barnes received a Bachelor's of Science in Architecture from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Master of Architecture from Woodbury University. Barnes' research and design practice investigates the connection between architecture and identity, examining architecture’s social and political agency through historical research and design speculation. 


Samantha Josaphat 

 
Samantha Josaphat, RA, NCARB, NOMA, LEED - Principal

Samantha Josaphat, RA, NCARB, NOMA, LEED - Principal

 

Founded by Samantha, New-York-based architecture and design firm, STUDIO 397, has designed retail spaces for COS, developed real estate properties in Brooklyn, and executed land planning in Tanzania.