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ROBERT L. EASTER

KEI Inc.
African American AIA Fellow

SAY IT LOUD - Washington DC  Exhibitor
Virginia Based Designer 

Bio:

He served on a mission to bridge relationships between black and white architects and assisted in the formation of the Association of Black Architects in that nation, a sister organization to NOMA, during the transition from apartheid to democratic rule.

ROBERT L. EASTER

Bio:

Robert L. Easter, AIA, NOMA, is the chair of the Department of Architecture at Hampton University in September 2008. Professionally, he is President of KEI Architects Inc. in Richmond, Virginia. Mr. Easter is active in community, civic and professional activities. He has twice served as a Director for the Virginia Society of the American Institute of Architects and is now the chair of the City of Richmond Board of Code Appeals and a board member of the Metropolitan Business League. In 1992 he was elected as the fifteenth president of the National Organization of Minority Architects and has been a vigorous advocate for increased minority participation in the public and private sector building industry. During his tenure, NOMA worked to increase opportunities for its members throughout the nation. International engagements included a tour to South Africa where he served on a mission to bridge relationships between black and white architects and assisted in the formation of the Association of Black Architects in that nation, a sister organization to NOMA, during the transition from apartheid to democratic rule. His work, both civic and professional has been recognized in local and national print media, including NOMANews, the New York Times, Metropolitan Magazine, the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the Richmond Free Press, Progressive Architecture Magazine and Inform Magazine.

Object:

Object Three - Led the Institute, or a related organization

Year of Elevation: 

2020

Featured Project Name: 

Virginia Union University The Claude Perkins Living & Learning Center

Featured Project Location: 

Richmond, VA

Featured Project Completion Date: 

IN PROGRESS

Role in Featured Project: 

IN PROGRESS

Featured Project Description:

Virginia Union University commissioned KEI for the design of two residence halls and a learning center. The new facility consists of a banquet hall and conference center book-ended by dormitories. It the 17th century Victorian Romanesque characteristics of the existing campus with a modern interpretation. Energy efficiency, technological innovations and collaborative spaces are just a few of the ways in which this building addresses the 21st century learning and living environment.

Photography Credit:

KEI Architects