The Directory of African American Architects

Kenneth Casey

posted Aug 6, 2019 by mannda

(Written by Kimberly Dowdall, current NOMA President)

NOMA Family, we are deeply saddened to share that our long-time NOMA member, Kenneth Casey, who also served on the national and I-NOMA board has passed away. Ken was a tireless mentor and a dear friend to many in our community, both in Chicago and around the country. For many young people in NOMA, Ken was the first person to introduce them to architecture. He will be sorely missed by his family, his friends and all of those of us in NOMA who have been blessed to know him. Ken was also a native Detroiter, so he alway had a special place in my heart. Beyond that, he was such a kind soul and the type of person who you could count on. Our profession has lost a very special person and many of our members have lost a great friend.

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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.

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 2325 licensed African American architects in our database.
  • 478
  • 1847

The last 10 architects added to the database:

Feb 28, 2020 Kimberli Danielle Barrett GA
Feb 26, 2020 Iman Zoli Johnson NY
Feb 25, 2020 Sionni Pierre TX
Feb 24, 2020 Johnathan Campbell MD
Feb 13, 2020 James Sullivan AR
Feb 12, 2020 Brian M. Henley OK
Feb 10, 2020 Christopher Allen Nelson CO
Feb 7, 2020 Danyle Malcolm Brooks MD
Feb 6, 2020 Elizabeth Marie Graziola NY
Feb 5, 2020 Angelique Jocy Pierre NY
Feb 4, 2020 Tiona Camille Martin NY

The last 5 faculty added to the database:

Aug 27, 2019 Christopher Hunter, PhD MS
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 9, 2019 I just heard that Phil Freelon passed today. Brad and I are so sorry. Phil was an uber architect, a great designer, a kind gentleman, and someone that Brad and I spent time with him at numerous NOMA meetings. We will place a longer tribute on our blog.
Jun 22, 2019 We recently learned that Mr. Claude A. Ford, 90 years old, a Howard grad (1957), and a licensed architect passed in May 2018. Our condolences to his family.
Jun 2, 2019 “Designing Victory,” a memoir by Robert P. Madison with Carlo Wolff, was released April 9 by Act 3, a media and publishing organization in Cleveland. (Photo Courtesy of Act 3 LLC)
May 25, 2019 We are sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. Charles L. Perinchief, Jr. formerly of Williams-Russell and Johnson, Architects in Atlanta , GA. Our condolences to his family.
May 16, 2019 Please be advised that African-American Architect André P. Copeland passed away on 11 December 2018. He was 59. He had retired on disability from The Office of the Architect of the Capitol in Washington DC in June 2014, following a ruptured brain aneurysm. He received his BArch and MBA from Howard University in 1982 and 1987, respectively.
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.
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:
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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