The Directory of African American Architects

Architecs born outside of the US

posted Jan 12, 2018 by mannda

We are very proud that we list 332 (15.3%) African American Architects (of 2166) who were born outside of the American mainland. The majority were born in nearly every sub-Saharan African country as well as many Caribbean countries .

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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

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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 2168 licensed African American architects in our database.
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The last 10 architects added to the database:

Jan 17, 2018 Seyi S. Audu PA
Jan 13, 2018 Renee Pean DC
Jan 9, 2018 Clarence Powell DC
Jan 9, 2018 Olidipo Animashaun IL
Jan 8, 2018 Talisha Lynn Sainvil NY
Jan 3, 2018 Babatunde Adekoje VA
Dec 22, 2017 Chukwudifu Okwuje IL
Dec 11, 2017 Whawn Marie Allen LA
Dec 5, 2017 Luther Lemon DC
Dec 3, 2017 Asia Dixon Allen TN

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


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 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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