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Celebrating First 500 Black Women Architects - Webinar

  • Date

    Monday, March 8 2021

  • Time

    4:00pm-5:30pm

  • Location

    Virtual

Join the Equity Committee by WIELD as we celebrate the First 500 milestone. The First 500, an initiative started by Tiara Hughes, focuses on highlighting Black women architects & raising awareness of their distinction. Before 2020, there were less than 500 licensed African American women architects in the US. Our celebration will highlight some of DC’s own architects among the First 500 about their pathway to licensure and their experiences as well as the future for Black women in the profession. While the story and contributions of Black women architects continue to grow and be celebrated, the industry's future will continue to improve as long as there are dedicated individuals willing to persevere and push through the adversity to create an opportunity for all.


Presented by: 
Emily McGowan, LEED GA, Medical Planner, HOK

Moderated by: 
Dominique Serrette, RA, Architect II, Smithgroup & Temi Fasusi, RA, Project Architect, Wiencek & Associates

Panelists: 
Tiara Hughes, RA, NOMA, REALTOR, Senior Urban Planner at SOM, Founder of First 500 Initiative, Adjunct Professor at Illinois Institute of Technology

Pascale Sablan, FAIA, NOMA, LEED AP, Associate at Adjaye Associates Architects, Founder & Executive Director of Beyond the Built Environment

Anta Miranda, AIA, NOMA, ARB, Associate at Perkins Eastman DC

Antoinette Black, Senior Design Professional at HOK


Learning Objectives:

  • Identify barriers and pinch points within the path to licensure for Black women.
  • Discuss the importance for mentorship and sponsorship for BIPOC women in Architecture.
  • Highlight the leading initiatives promoting licensure for BIPOC architects in architecture, including the First 500, Beyond the Built, NOMA, Black Architects Registry.
  • Express the significance of interculturally competent mentors and leaders & advancing diversity among underrepresented groups.