National Architecture Week Day 5: Civic Engagement – AIA New Jersey Past President William M. Brown, III, AIA, to Receive the Nelson Mandela Freedom Award

April 26, 2018


  AIA New Jersey Past President William M. Brown, III, AIA, and his wife Sharon Brown will receive the Nelson Mandela Freedom Award from the Greater Newark Conservancy   

“As volunteers, Bill and Sharon Brown have proven to be an unstoppable team,” noted Robin Dougherty, the Conservancy’s Executive Director, “A dynamic duo dedicated to Newark, and the mission and work of Greater Newark Conservancy.” Bill and Sharon will be honored at the May 10th “Making Our City Bloom Gala.”

Brown has previously been recognized by the NAACP of the Oranges and Maplewood with the Presidential Award at a ceremony in 2015. Earlier the same year, Brown earned the Network of Black Employees Community Service Award from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. According to Brown, “I was very thankful and grateful that I was recognized. I just reflect back over my life and I just care about people and try to help people whenever I can. To me, there is joy in service. It was nice to be recognized and be surrounded by families and friends so that’s what brings joy to me.”

Brown has served on the Verona planning board, the scholarship committee for the Elmwood United Presbyterian church has been the president of the Howard University Alumni Association and president of the Essex County Long Term Recovery Group, which also assist local residents affected by Superstorm Sandy. Bill has also served as the chairman of the advocates for Criminal Justice Reform, a group concerned with mass incarceration. Brown graduated from Howard University in 1977 with a degree in architecture, a field he has worked in for over 30 years.

AIA New Jersey is proud of Bill and Sharon’s accomplishments and sends our congratulations!

For more information on the awards gala, click below…


Making Our City Bloom Gala ’18

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