African American architects account for only two percent of the total population of licensed architects in the United States. “Say It Loud: Distinguished Black Designers of NYCOBA | NOMA”—an exhibition on view through April 1 at the Center for Architecture in New York—celebrates the work of African American architects and designers in New York and across the United States.
“Say It Loud” highlights African American achievements in the architecture and design professions by showcasing the work of 20 designers, as well as incorporating quotes and video interviews that underscore their garnered experiences. Featured designers include Contract magazine’s advisory board member Mark Gardner, AIA, of Jaklitsch/Gardner Architects; Yolande Daniels of studioSUMO; and Roberta Washington, FAIA, of Roberta Washington Architects. Washington also contributed a timeline of the history of black architects in New York, which can be viewed here.
The works of select New York City high school students are also on display, along with designs from architecture students who were winners of the Jumaane Omar Stewart Award and Diversity in the School of Architecture Award.
With support from New York–based FXFOWLE, the exhibition is organized in collaboration with the New York Coalition of Black Architects (NYCOBA) and the New York Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA).