November 4, 2020Reading Time: 2 minutes
Twelve African-American architects from different parts of the country met, some for the first time, during the AIA National Convention in Detroit in 1971. What these professionals recognized was the desperate need for an organization dedicated to the development and advancement of minority architects. These architects wanted minority design professionals to work together to fight discriminatory policies that limit or bar minority architects from participating in design and construction programs. One of these great leaders was New Jersey’s William M. Brown, Jr. AIA, first African American President of AIA New Jersey and of AIA Newark and Suburban.
Architects are creative professionals, educated, trained, and experienced in the art and science of building design, and licensed to practice architecture. Their designs respond to client needs, wants and vision, protect public safety, provide economic value, are innovative, inspire and contribute positively to the community and the environment.