“Say It Loud: Distinguished Black Designers of NYCOBA | NOMA” Exhibit Held at the Center for Architecture

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.

Tanzania Beekeepers Asali and Nyuki Sanctuary by Jaklitsch Gardner Architects. Image courtesy of Jaklitsch Gardner Architects & AIANY

“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 Jamaica LIRR station designed by Andrew Thompson. Image courtesy of John Bartelstone Photography & AIANY

Rodney Leon’s National Museum of Hip Hop Master Plan. Image courtesy of Rodney Leon Architects & AIANY

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.

Yolande Daniels–designed student housing project in Japan. Courtesy of StudioSUMO & AIANY

Tonja Adair Minton’s Splice Design. Image courtesy of AIANY

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).

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