Celebrate Black History Month With The Story of Paul Revere Williams, FAIA

February 18, 2022

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Celebrate Black History Month With The Story of Paul Revere Williams, FAIA

On Thursday, February 17, 2022, the Architects League of Northern NJ shared with their members the film Hollywood’s Architect: The Paul R. Williams Story. After the viewing, Section President Ryan Moran, AIA, moderated a discussion with the directors, Royal Kennedy Rodgers and Kathy McCampbell Vance. 

This captivating film of a remarkable architect is available for all to view HERE.

According to AIA.org, Paul Revere Williams, FAIA was an American architect based in Los Angeles, California. With a client list that reads like a who’s who of Hollywood history, Paul Revere Williams, FAIA, developed an incredible portfolio of nearly 3,000 beautiful buildings during his five-decade career that was marked with a number of broken barriers. An architect whose work carried the glamour of classic Southern California style to the rest of the world, Williams was among the first black students admitted to the Beaux-Arts Institute of Design, the first black architect to become a member of the AIA, and, later, the first black member to be inducted into the Institute’s College of Fellows. In 2017, AIA awarded Williams the Gold Medal, AIA’s highest annual honor, recognizing individuals whose work has had a lasting influence on the theory and practice of architecture.

Read more about Mr. Williams from AIA HERE.

Search Mr. Williams’ archive HERE.     


About the Directors:

Kathy McCampbell Vance is a multiple Emmy Award-winning television producer, director, and former TV executive with experience in production, program development, syndication, community outreach and marketing. She is currently an independent producer, specializing in short-form story production, news and documentaries. Prior to becoming an independent producer, Ms. McCampbell-Vance worked at NBC4 Washington, her career spanning more than 20 years, as a Writer, Producer, Executive Producer, and ultimately Director of Programming, Community Affairs and Broadcast Standards. She produced and executive produced a range of programs, including live broadcasts, awards shows, documentaries, weekly children’s and entertainment shows, as well as news, talk and other topical programs, some of which were broadcast nationally, internationally and in syndication. She has received CEBA, National Black Media Coalition, and Ohio State Journalism Awards. And recently, for the PBS documentary film “Hollywood’s Architect: The Paul R. Williams Story”, she received a Golden Mike Award, a Telly Award, and her third Emmy Award for producing and directing. Ms. McCampbell-Vance resides in Washington, D.C.
Royal Kennedy Rodgers is an experienced reporter, producer, and writer and has worked in local and network news as well as Public Broadcasting. She began her career as a reporter for NBC television stations in New Orleans, Cleveland and Chicago. As an ABC Network News correspondent, based in Los Angeles, she covered the Western US, Mexico and Canada with assignments that included breaking news, presidential politics and the entertainment industry. She was a Producer/Reporter at WTTW, the PBS station in Chicago, before setting up her own production company, RKR Media. Her professional awards include two local Emmys, a Golden Mike, a Silver “Telly” and the Best Feature Documentary Award from the Los Angeles Press Club. 

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