Beverly L. Greene and Norma Merrick Sklarek: New Research in Black Women’s History in Architecture

Patricia Morton (‘83 M.Arch), Associate Professor, Art History Department at the University of California, Riverside and Roberta Washington ('71 M.Arch) FAIA, NOMAC, Founder, Roberta Washington Architects who profiled Greene and Sklarek for the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation’s web resource Pioneering Women of American Architecture, are joined in conversation with Pioneering Women editors Professor Mary McLeod, and Victoria Rosner, Dean of Academic Affairs, General Studies at Columbia University.

Beverly L. Greene ('45 M.Arch, 1915-57) was the first African American women architect licensed to practice in the United States; Norma Merrick Sklarek ( '50 B.Arch, 1926-2012) was the first African American woman to be made a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. Both graduates of Columbia’s University’s architecture program, they went on to have distinguished careers working in prominent architectural firms— in the case of Sklarek, she co-founded the largest women-owned firm at the time. This panel will explore Greene and Sklarek’s significant contributions to the architecture profession, made at a time when the profession was almost exclusively white and male.

This event coincides with the launch a new full-tuition scholarship at GSAPP, The Norma Merrick Sklarek Scholars Fund, created to promote diversity, inclusion, and equity at the school.


Free and open to the public. Virtual events hosted on Zoom Webinar do not require an account to attend, advanced registrations are encouraged.

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