Monday, March 8 2021
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.
Emily McGowan, LEED GA, Medical Planner, HOK
Dominique Serrette, RA, Architect II, Smithgroup & Temi Fasusi, RA, Project Architect, Wiencek & Associates
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
- 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.