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ELMER H. MCDOWELL

NOMA, AIA
African American AIA Fellow

SAY IT LOUD - Washington DC Exhibitor
Virgin Islands Based Designer 

Bio: 

Mr. McDowell was the first black architect registered in Kansas and accepted by the AIA in the state of Kansas and is registered architect in 11 states and 2 territories. Mr. McDowell was a vigorous force behind the establishment of the Virgin Island Chapter of the American Institute of Architects whose charter was granted on December 5, 1967.

ELMER H. MCDOWELL

Bio: 

E.H. McDowell was a practicing architect and engineer for nineteen years, sixteen of which have been spent in private practice. Mr. McDowell was the first black architect registered in Kansas and accepted by the AIA in the state of Kansas. He is registered architect in 11 states and 2 territories. Mr. McDowell was a vigorous force behind the establishment of the Virgin Island Chapter of the American Institute of Architects whose charter was granted on December 5, 1967. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the V.I. Chapter since its inception and during his four presidencies he has helped to formulate policies for guiding activities for community services. As Chairman of the Chapter’s Education and Research Committee, in 1968, Mr. McDowell planned and designed a program for architectural and engineering technicians or paraprofessionals. There is a demand for more trained and qualified technicians. To date, there is no area of need in the Virgin Islands that has received the analysis, background work, developmental research and agency contact more than the program outlined for the Technical Career Research Institute. This tremendous undertaking covered recommended programs by community colleges, the design of a facility for housing the technical program, finding the sources for the initial costs of the program. It is one of the primary concerns of Mr. McDowell.

 

Year of Elevation: 

1976

Featured Project Name: 

Evelyn M. Williams School ***Was recently demolished

Featured Project Location: 

Saint Croix, VI

Featured Project Completion Date: 

Before 1979

Role in Featured Project: 

Engineer

Featured Project Description:

Evelyn M. Williams School was a kindergarten through sixth grade elementary school constructed in the Virgin Islands, in Saint Croix. It was part of the Saint Croix School District, and boasts a vibrant yellow facade and pleasant outdoor, open air spaces. Unfortunately, the school was demolished to create space for the new Arthur A. Richards Junior High School.

Photography Credit:

V.I. EDUCATION DEPARTMENT