SHOUTING with all the joy embodied in my soul, that yesterday it was announced that I am the 2021 Whitney M. Young Jr. Award Recipient which comes with an elevation to the AIA College of Fellows. I am honored, humbled, and excited to share! Named for civil rights leader Whitney M. Young Jr., this award distinguishes an architect or architectural organization that embodies social responsibility and actively addresses a relevant issue, such as affordable housing, inclusiveness,
Extremely proud to share that during the NOMA 48th National Conference, I was voted to be President-Elect to support Jason E. Pugh during his presidency. In this role I will have the honor of getting to know the various NOMA chapters and engaging members to understand the support they need to continue their great work. It was an honor to serve as Northeast Regional Vice President and supporting the 7 chapters under my jurisdiction. Leveraging the leadership and success of P
I'm so excited I'm practically screaming with joy! Still celebrating the success of our SAY IT LOUD - NOW Global Exhibition and virtual gallery now featuring 416 diverse designers, I received amazing news last night. Yours truly is featured as a "Powerhouse Woman" in Forbes Publication!!!! “There is a difference between activism and advocacy. Activism is posters, marches, protests, getting everybody aware and informed, mobilizing, cultivating resources to draw attention on a
Shaken by blatant racism, the relentless weight of this world and the injustice that it supports I was re-inspired to move the mission forward, leveraging the work I've done over the past few years. Since our inception in January 2017, we have elevated and proclaimed the greatness of 250 diverse designers through our 15 SAY IT LOUD Exhibitions. The goal initially was to reach 500 featured designers in 5 years. The urgency for this content is NOW. As we discuss the books that
On Saturday February 22nd had the the honor of being a guest on the Jennifer Hammond Show, SiriusXM UrbanView, Ch 126. I spoke about advocacy and how I am fighting to make our profession and our world more equitable and just. I spoke at length, about National Organization of Minority Architects and the organization I founded Beyond the Built Environment. It played twice that day 7:03am and at 2:03pm EST. Admittedly I was a bit long winded in the way I answered the questions.
NCARB graciously invited me to write an article for Black History Month about BBE and our work. So I turned it into another opportunity to elevate some of our SAY IT LOUD Exhibitors and People's Choice Winners. Each of our 12 exhibitions are represented by a featured diverse designer(s). We featured their headshot, project and one of their answers to the submission questions. So incredibly proud to elevate them and to SAY IT LOUD once again! The article was featured in the up
2019 contained many phenomenal personal blessings for me and my family! Things I've prayed for years, came true and I am so very grateful! For my advocacy efforts however, I've dubbed 2019, "The Year of the No's." Every award, grant, fellowship I applied for this year has returned with a "we regret to inform you" response. I started to think perhaps the work I've dedicated my focus, passion, and time was not work of importance. Then I took a step back, took a deep breath and
Now that the official photos are in.......... Excited to share that in June of this year I had the honor of giving the commencement address of the Mary Louis Academy graduation at the Colden Auditorium, Queens College. I am the first African American to give this speech in the schools 83 year history. Here is the speech:
To the Mary Louis Academy Graduates, Faculty and Family, Good Morning and congratulations to the class of 2019.
It is an honor to speak before you today. Tim
3 Months ago I shared that I was planning 3 exhibitions for November 2019. Truthfully in disbelief i'm over the moon to share that we at Beyond the Built Environment with the support of local organizations has successfully exhibited all 3 SAY IT LOUD Exhibitions, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Illinois. Each exhibition is unique and elevates the identities and contributions of women and diverse designers of that state! SIL-Pennsylvania 20 Featured diverse designers of Pennsylvan
I'm truly proud and grateful to share that my organization Beyond the Built Environment was selected to be an Allied Media Sponsored Project. This organizations supports initiatives that leverage art, media, and technology to work towards social change. It is a great network of passionate advocates actively working towards change and it is an honor to be featured among them. This organization also allow donors to financially support all of our initiatives SAY IT LOUD, SEE IT
I'm truly proud to share that we at Beyond the Built Environment are organizing 3 exhibitions in November 2019. Beyond the Built Environment, elevates the identities and contributions of women and diverse designers in the field of architecture through exhibitions, curated lectures, and documentaries that testify to the provided value of their built work and its spatial impact. The exhibition's quality depends on the content that is submitted. I'm sincerely asking for your hel