Black Creativity presents four workshops that will help students understand the tremendous impact African Americans have had on the field of architecture and aid teachers in planning classroom activities. Some of today’s most renowned professional architects will lead discussions that will highlight the historic and modern-day roles of African-American architects.

Workshop 1 with Charles and Eben Smith

Thursday, February 2

Charles Smith, president of Smith and Smith Associates, is a former Chicago Landmarks Commissioner and director of minority affairs for the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois, Chicago. Eben Smith, vice president of Smith and Smith Associates, formally worked at various architecture firms in Washington D.C. and governmental agencies in Chicago.

Workshop 2 with William E. Brazley, jr.

Thursday, February 9

William E. Brazley, Jr. founded his architecture firm,William E. Brazley & Associates, in 1975. Before starting his company, Mr. Brazley was director of facilities management and assistant budget director at Governors State University. He is a graduate of Purdue University with extended coursework at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Workshop 3 with RaMona Westbrook

Thursday, February 16

RaMona Westbrook founded Brook Architecture in 1995. Prior to starting her own practice, Ms.Westbrook completed the Master’s program at the University of Illinois, Urbana and worked for one of Chicago’s largest architecture firms.

Workshop 4 with Larry Parkman

Thursday, February 23 (Parents Day)

Larry Parkman is president and CEO of Parkman & Weston Associates, Ltd, an architecture and planning firm. He has a Masters of Architecture in Urban Design from Harvard University.

All workshops begin at 10:15 and end at 11:00 a.m. in the Columbian Room. This program is not open to the public, only to school groups that make reservations in advance. Schools that would like to attend should contact Octavia Hooks at (773) 947-3729.


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