CHARLES F. MCAFEE
African American AIA Fellow
SAY IT LOUD - Washington DC Exhibitor
Kansas Based Designer
He has been the recipient of countless awards and distinctions, including the American Institute of Architects Kansas Chapter Excellence in Architecture Award and the Federal Housing Administration's First Honor Award
CHARLES F. MCAFEE
Considered the most important African American architect in the United States, Charles McAfee has used architecture to create opportunities for African Americans and make social commentary about racial inequality. McAfee received his B.S. from the University of Nebraska. Beginning his career in the early 1960s, McAfee has developed and sustained McAfee3. His projects range from institutional facilities (renovation of Oklahoma City School District 89) to transportation structures (Atlanta's North Line Midtown Station), religious structures (Wichita's Calvary Baptist Church) to recreational facilities (McAdams Park), in addition to housing and commercial facilities.nHis firm's projects have included the design and construction of FAA/NADIN computer facilities as well as design consultation and construction management of facilities for the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. He has been the recipient of countless awards and distinctions, including the American Institute of Architects Kansas Chapter Excellence in Architecture Award and the Federal Housing Administration's First Honor Award. Mr. McAfee has also served as the president of the National Organization of Minority Architects and Midwestern president of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. His daughters Cheryl McAfee-Mitchell and Charyl McAfee-Duncan who run the family offices in Atlanta, Dallas and Oklahoma City. Mr. McAfee is married to Mrs. Gloria Winston McAfee, a dedicated educator and community leader.
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McKnight Art Center
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The McKnight Art Center is the home of Wichita State University’s College of Fine Arts. Charles F. McAfee designed two of the three buildings in the McKnight Art Center complex, housing a public museum, administrative spaces, classrooms, studios, and faculty offices to accommodate programs in art education, art history, graphic design, studio art, and an interdisciplinary master of fine arts curriculum. Notable for the clarity of its geometry, and its simple and straightforward detailing.