The Directory of African American Architects

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posted Feb 23, 2018 by mannda

Danei Cesario Architect brings efficiency to health care projects 31, Project Architect Array Architects New York City

Cesario’s portfolio spans a wide variety of project types, but all are products of superior organization, efficient utilization of resources and interdisciplinary collaboration, from concept through construction.

She played an integral role in the reconstruction and expansion of New York University’s Langone Medical Center’s network of health care sites, some of which were devastated by Hurricane Sandy. She’s also contributed to 60,000 sq ft of revitalized space and three outpatient facilities.

Cesario’s zeal for helping junior staff members advance their careers is matched by her active advocacy for diversity and inclusivity. She’s a leader in the New York City chapters of AIA and the National Organization of Minority Architects, the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation and Women in Architecture.

“(It’s) vital for my daughters to grow up seeing a mother who is fulfilled and passionate about all of the areas of her life so they can be encouraged to strive for the same.” —DANEI CESARIO, Project Architect, Array Architects

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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 2184 licensed African American architects in our database.
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  • 1760

The last 10 architects added to the database:

Mar 19, 2018 Antonio G. Naylor TX
Mar 14, 2018 Lennel B. Hunter MO
Mar 14, 2018 Shawn Patrick Corbin VA
Mar 8, 2018 Melanie Ray MD
Mar 6, 2018 Chudi K. Abajue TX
Mar 4, 2018 Pierre Ramon Roberson MI
Mar 4, 2018 Kendal Thomas Bowman IL
Feb 27, 2018 Justin Taplet TX
Feb 27, 2018 Susan Nwankpa Gillespie CA
Feb 24, 2018 Cindy Michel NY

The last 5 faculty added to the database:

Mar 7, 2018 Jerry U. Guerrier NC
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


Mar 11, 2018 With heavy hearts, AIA New York learned that Percy Griffin, AIA, passed away in August (2017). He was 84. Mr. Griffin was the owner of his own firm and was also a professor at NYIT. Prior to starting his own practice, he also worked in the office of Philip Johnson. Jack Travis wrote of him, ".... he was a giant of a man who seemed to be so approachable. Percy Griffin greatly supported and mentored young architects. He taught devoted students at NYIT until the very end".
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).
Feb 12, 2018 A note from Katherine Prigmore - "We lost one of our young women last week – Jacqueline Chavis-Wei. She worked with me at Shalom Baranes. (and more recently worked at Gensler in Washington, DC). One of our colleagues reminisced “she was a talented and hardworking architect with a wonderful personality. She was passionate about mentoring others and deeply cared about giving back to her community. ” Please see Our condolences to her family, friends and colleagues.
Jan 28, 2018 Architect Gabrielle Bullock drew lines and then crossed them. LA Times Jan. 26, 2018
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?
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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