The Directory of African American Architects

Roger Courtney Lewis

posted Jul 13, 2017 by mannda

We are saddened to learn of the passing of architect Roger C. Lewis, father of R. Steven Lewis, FAIA. Mr. Lewis passed on July 10, 2017. His joy in life was his family who he adored and was very proud of each of his children and their many accomplishments. He will be missed.

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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 2126 licensed African American architects in our database.
  • 399
  • 1727

The last 10 architects added to the database:

Jul 16, 2017 Jonathan Asiimwe GA
Jul 15, 2017 Eboni Atoria Mae Gold VA
Jul 10, 2017 Trudy Brens Petrucelli NY
Jul 8, 2017 Edwin Joel Harris NC
Jul 4, 2017 Wendell C. Edwards NY
Jul 3, 2017 Khara A. James DC
Jun 29, 2017 Samantha R. Josaphat NY
Jun 21, 2017 Moriya L. Morris DC
Jun 16, 2017 Nyirabu M. Nyirabu NY
Jun 15, 2017 Danielle J. Tillman IL

The last 5 faculty added to the database:

Jun 2, 2017 Dahlia R. Nduom DC
Feb 6, 2017 Jana Cephas, PhD MI
Feb 3, 2017 David Sledge DC
Feb 3, 2017 Howard Mack DC
Feb 10, 2016 Mira Henry CA


Jun 5, 2017 Six more women and we will be close to 20% women! Help us get there ASAP as we work towards 50%.
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 30, 2017 We are sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. William Todd Wallace. He was a long time architect in Chicago and a graduate of the University of Illinois in 1961. Our sympathies to his family, colleagues, and friends.
Jan 7, 2017 The count for newly licensed architects in 2017 has begun. The goal is 70. Let's do it!
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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