Roberta Washington, FAIA lecture
ROBERTA WASHINGTON, FAIA
As principal of Roberta Washington Architects, PC, Roberta Washington has been responsible for the design of new and rehabilitated schools, housing projects and cultural centers including the African Burial Ground Interpretive Center, part of a National Parks Monument. Ms. Washington is an architectural graduate of Howard University and Columbia University. Before starting her own firm in Harlem 1983, she worked for New York City architectural firms which specialized in health care facilities. Between 1977 and 1981 she lived in Maputo, Mozambique where she ran the architectural studio in the Maputo Province Public Works Office. Her firm has designed architectural projects in New Jersey, Connecticut and Washington, DC in addition to New York State. Several of her projects were featured in the 2018 BWAF (Beverly Willis Architectural Foundation) film - The Unknown New York: The City That Women Built. Since 2001, Ms. Washington has researched, written and lectured about the history of black architects – primarily in New York State – and the history of black women in architecture in the US. Her biographies appear in the Biographical Dictionary of African-American Architects, 1865-1945 and the African American National Biography (online) and the 2013 Dictionary of Creative Women (published in France). Two biographies based on Ms. Washington’s original research will appear online on the BWAF Women of 20th Century American Architecture site. Ms. Washington is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and from 2007 to 2015 was a Commissioner on the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission. She is a past member and chair of the New York State Board of Architecture and NCARB ARE test-writer, a past president of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) and a member of the NOMA Council.
Monday, April 8 at 4:00pm to 5:00pm