Paul R. Williams – Rediscovering and Architectural Icon (Part 2)

Paul R. Williams was simply in a class of his own. As an accomplished architect and the first licensed Black architect west of the Mississippi, Williams helped shape the Southern California aesthetic as a leading practitioner of mid-century modern design.
In this eagerly anticipated Part 2 of our curated series of programs, we will look at Williams’ impact and influence on the lives and careers of distinguished Black architects in the Los Angeles region. The vast challenges he faced and overcame and the extraordinary achievements he made during an era of extreme social injustice continues to inspire multiple generations of architects and designers.

Those who attended Part 1 of this curated series learned details of the discovery, acquisition, importance, and conservation of this historic archive by USC Architecture in collaboration with the Getty Research Institute. An archive consisting of over 35,000 original drawings, renderings and photos, magazines, and other records spanning the Icon’s life and career of unprecedented achievements. During Part 2, we will learn more about how Williams’ legacy continues to make personal and professional impacts.

The program – featuring Getty Research Institute Associate Curator of Modern & Contemporary Collections LeRonn Brooks, Author/Photographer Janna Ireland, and SoCal NOMA president Lance Collins AIA NOMALEEDAP–will be moderated by Architectural Historian Rebecca Choi, visiting lecturer at the ETH Zurich and former faculty member at the USC School of Architecture. Los Angeles Architects Gail Kennard, Rolland Wiley AIA, Drake Dillard AIA NOMAC, and Rachel Jordan Bascombe AIA, NOMA, LEED AP will provide personal reflections on Williams’ influence on their lives and careers.

Join us on the anniversary of Williams’ Birthday February 18 to dive further into the man, his influence, and the importance of his legacy.

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Feb 18 2021


5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Feb 18 2021
  • Time: 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm


SoCal NOMA (The Southern California chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects)


SoCal NOMA (The Southern California chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects)

SoCalNOMA seeks to advance and support the education and careers of those who have been historically underrepresented in the field of architecture and various allied design/build professions. Members include architects, designers, civil engineers, structural engineers, interior designers, urban planners, and product manufacturers. The SoCalNOMA chapter was founded in 1982 and was originally called the Los Angeles Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects (LANOMA). Amongst the Chapter’s historic events and accomplishments were the creation of an exhibit of local chapter African-American architects (hosted by the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Mall), the sponsorship of student chapters at U.S.C., Woodbury, Cal Baptist, and Cal Poly SLO schools of Architecture, hosting of the annual National NOMA Conference and pro-bono professional design services on the redevelopment of Leimert Park Village and other urban community redevelopment aspirations.