Founder & Executive Director

Pascale is driven by the mission of creating a more just culturally reflective, sustainable built environment.


M.S. Advanced Architectural Design, Columbia University

B. Architecture, Pratt Institute


Professional Registrations

Registered Architect in NY


  • College of Fellows 2021 American Institute of Architects,

  • President-Elect (2021-2022) National Organization of Minority
    Architects (NOMA)

  • Founder & Executive Director of Beyond the Built Environment

  • Northeast Regional Vice President, National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) (2017-2019)

  • Historian, National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA)

  • Former President New York Coalition of Black Architects, (2015-2016)

  • American Institute of Architects, National Planning Committee of the 2018 Design Justice Summit

  • American Institute of Architects, New York Chapter (AIANY) Board of Director (2019)

  • Board of Trustees, The Mary Louis Academy

  • US Green Building Council

  • ACE Mentor Program, 2012–2017Founder & Executive Director of
    Beyond the Built Environment


Select Honors & Awards

  • Architectural League, 2021 Emerging Voices Honoree

  • AIA Whitney M. Young Jr. Award Recipient 2021

  • AIA New York State, President Award Winner, 2020

  • Project Management Institute (PMI), Future 50 Award Recipient 2020

  • New York Foundation for the Arts, NYFA Grant Finalist 2019

  • AIA Young Architects Award Recipient, 2018

  • Pratt Alumni Achievement Award Recipient, 2018

  • Commercial Observer Woman on the Rise 2018

  • Building Design and Construction 40 Under 40, 2017 

  • NYCOBA | NOMA Member Highlight, February 2017

  • NYCOBA | NOMA Chapter of the Year, (Pascale as President), 2016 

  • Business Innovators and Game-Changers (B.I.G.) Award, Rockstone Media Group, 2016

  • NOMA Member of the Year, 2015

  • AIANY Emerging New York Architects (ENYA) Merit Award, 2014

  • NOMA Prize for Excellence in Design, Unbuilt: AMHE Haiti School Campus, 2014

  • AIA Emerging Professional Award, 2013



  • Columbia University - 2013, 2015  

  • PechaKucha : Brooklyn - 2015

  • Madison Area Technical College - 2016 

  • AIA Wisconsin  - 2016

  • NOMA Conference - 2015, 2016, 2017

  • Parsons, New School - 2016, 2017 

  • California Polytechnic State University - 2017 

  • AIA Brooklyn - 2018

  • United Nations - 2018

  • Tuskegee University - 2018

  • She Prevails Conference - 2018

  • Smithsonian, NMAAHC - 2018 

  • AIA Women’s Leadership Summit - 2019

  • AIA Virginia - 2015, 2019 | YafCON 2019

  • AIA Grassroots - 2019 | AIAS Grassroots - 2019

  • NeoCon - 2019

  • AIA New York - 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2020

  • Cleveland Foundation - 2020

  • Cornish College of the Arts - 2020

  • Georgia Technical College - 2015 , 2020

  • Harvard University - 2020

  • She Builds Waves - 2020

  • Montana State University - 2020

  • Pratt Institute - 2015, 2016, 2020


The great architect, Pascale Sablan, FAIA, NOMA, LEED AP, Associate at Adjaye Associates, with over 14 years of experience, has been on the team for a variety of projects around the world. Pascale is the 315th living African-American woman registered architect in the United States. She is an activist architect who works to advance architecture for the betterment of society through bringing visibility and voice to the issues concerning women and BIPOC designers. She founded the Beyond the Built Environment organization to address the inequitable disparities in architecture. 

She has been quoted in the New York Times regarding her efforts, and Forbes magazine described her as "the powerhouse woman...actively changing history with a simple mission: women and designers of color must claim and be credited for their contributions to the built environment."

As the Founder and Executive Director of Beyond the Built Environment, LLC, Pascale uses the organization to address the inequitable disparities in architecture by providing a holistic platform aimed at supporting numerous stages of the architecture pipeline. 


  • To impact the culture, Beyond the Built Environment elevates the identities and contributions of women and diverse designers through exhibitions, curated lectures, and documentaries that testify to the provided value of their built work and its spatial impact. Pascale has curated SAY IT LOUD exhibitions at the AIA New York, the Center for Architecture Gallery, the 2019 SXSW Conference, A'19, and the NOMA 2018 Unbounded conference. The exhibits are paired with relevant programming speaking to the mission. The SAY IT LOUD - United Nations Visitors Centre exhibition created a tremendous opportunity for exposure and echoed the call to action to the leaders across the world. After her opening speech at the exhibit, the United Nations generously transformed the exhibition into posters, translated into eight languages (English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Russian, Arabic, and Kiswahili), then distributed the posters to information centers worldwide. The SAY IT LOUD - United Nations exhibit has been displayed in Bujumbura, Geneva, Harare, Lagos, Lome, Nairobi, New Delhi, Minsk, and Yaounde. 


Pascale has been recognized for her contributions to the industry with several awards, including the 2021 AIA Whitney M. Young. Jr Award for her advocacy efforts and ascended to the AIA College of Fellows, the youngest African American to receive that honor in the organization's 164-year legacy. She was featured in the Council of Tall Building & Urban Habitat Research Paper, in the same company as Jeanne Gang and Zaha Hadid. 


To engage the culture, Pascale has given lectures at Institutions, such as the National Museum of African American Heritage & Culture and the United Nations Visitor Centre. She has lectured and engaged students at Universities and Colleges all over the US: including Columbia University, Georgia Technical College, Harvard University, Tuskegee University, Pratt Institute, Parsons | The New School, Madison Area Technical College, and California Polytechnic State University. Pascale has given lectures at cultural institutions such as the United Nations and the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. 


Pascale is on the AIA New York Board of Directors and is the current NOMA National Historian. In 2020 Pascale was voted President-Elect of the National Organization of Minority Architects, the 5th woman to hold this position of leadership in the organization's 50-year legacy. She was awarded the Architectural League 2021 Emerging Voices award and the 2020 AIA New York State Presidents Award.


Mrs. Sablan holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Pratt Institute and a Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University.