The Directory of African American Architects

Desiree Cooper

posted Nov 15, 2015 by mannda

A story from PennLive about Desiree Cooper's life.

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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

Privacy Policy

No information in our database is made public except what appears on the web site.

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 2009 licensed African American architects in our database.
  • 344
  • 1665

The last 10 architects added to the database:

Nov 25, 2015 George Andre Sharon MI
Nov 25, 2015 Chibuzo Ugenyi GA
Nov 18, 2015 Merachew M. Sahle DC
Nov 12, 2015 Kevin C. Hinds NY
Nov 8, 2015 Jevon Shay Carrington DC
Nov 8, 2015 Jeremy Cutts AL
Nov 5, 2015 Tiffani Lee Simple NY
Oct 31, 2015 Kyonta C. Smith AL
Oct 31, 2015 Danielle April Tann GA
Oct 29, 2015 Jihan Stanford Sherman GA

The last 5 faculty added to the database:

Nov 9, 2015 William J. Batson, Jr. TX
Nov 1, 2015 Felicia Davis PA
Sep 9, 2015 Tonya Sanders, PhD MD
Jun 17, 2015 Genell Anderson DC
Jun 17, 2015 Kathy D. Dixon DC


Nov 9, 2015 We are sorry to report the passing of Claude Melven Rose, Jr. Mr. Claude Melven Rose, Jr., the son of the late Claude Melven Rose and Gladys Boggs Rose, departed this life on September 12, 2015. Melven was born in Philadelphia, PA. Melven graduated from Trenton Central High School. He was educated in the School of Architecture at Cornell University. Over the past thirty years, he owned his own firm, and was also associated with other Architectural companies. He served as the Principal Architect/Designer of over 3000 commercial and residential buildings in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and the countries of Nigeria and Israel. He served as a former President of the Minority Architects/Engineers Alliance and remained an active board member of the organization for many years. Melven married Pennie Adams Rose on November 30, 1984. He was a devoted Husband and Father. Melven was a loyal Philadelphia Eagle’s fan. Among other interests, he especially enjoyed listening to classical music. He is survived by his loving wife, Pennie Adams Rose, a daughter Sharon Elizabeth Rose Holmes (William) of Delaware, a sister Comfort M. Sparks of Trenton, NJ, two special nieces Diana P. Overall (John) of Sewell, NJ and Laronna Bell (Zebedee) of Bowie, MD, a special nephew Marvin C. Porter of Trenton, NJ, a god-daughter Betty Faulk (Donald) of Deptford, NJ. Melven is survived by several nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends.
Nov 6, 2015 In a tragic event architect Desiree Cooper, 36, was shot to death in her home on the 200 block of Tennessee Avenue NE by John Robinson, 37, who then shot himself, the Metropolitan Police Department said in an update Tuesday evening. Neighbors said the two were romantically involved. Cooper was an architect who worked for a consulting firm in Virginia, according to one of her colleagues, who called her an amazing person with a brilliant mind.
Oct 31, 2015 37% of those licensed so far in 2015 are women (15 of 41).
Oct 21, 2015 2000!
Jun 24, 2015 We mourn the passing of architect Harold Williams FAIA. Mr. Williams was one of the twelve founding members of NOMA. A Miami University graduate in the late 1940s he left the Midwest to work for Paul Revere Williams in Los Angeles. Please see for a tribute to Mr. Williams. I'll never forget Harold who always, always had a smile for everyone he met.
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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