5 Black airport architects

Paul R. Williams standing in front of the Theme Building in Los Angeles

The Points Guy put together a list of 5 Black architects who were either the lead designer or principal in the build of a US airport terminal.

But this should not be a surprise. People of color make up a strikingly small percentage of architects in the U.S. with various estimates putting it at around 2% of the more than 115,000 registered professionals in the country.

The Black Lives Matter protests tell us, forcefully, that underrepresentation of people of color in any industry is not — and should not — be a surprise. That also holds true in architecture, where most people can probably name just a few architects — maybe Frank Lloyd Wright, Eero Saarinen and Sir Norman Foster — that are, almost certainly, all white men.

Amongst the names was Paul R. Williams who we’ve featured a few times on the site, particularly his work on the LAX terminal area.

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