Breaking Down Barriers: Black History Month 2022


Beverly Hills Hotel addition by Paul R. Williams - the first African-American to join the American Institute of Architects. Image © J. Paul Getty Trust

Beverly Hills Hotel addition by Paul R. Williams – the first African-American to join the American Institute of Architects. Image © J. Paul Getty Trust

A little less than two years after the onset of a global pandemic, inclusion in the architecture profession is unfortunately still a limited conversation. A 2020 survey by the UK’s Architects’ Journal revealed a sobering amount of obstacles for Black architects in the UK, and in the United States, prominent Black practitioners such as Mabel O. Wilson of Studio& have questioned the Eurocentric nature of a large amount of architectural study.

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