Please join us Thursday, November 5, at 6:00 p.m., for a virtual conversation with Pascale Sablan, Executive Director, Beyond the Built Environment (BBE), and Senior Associate, S9ARCHITECTURE, and Antoine Bryant, Associate, Business Development/Urban Planner, Moody Nolan, and Director of Strategic Partnerships, National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA). Sablan will provide some background on her work with Beyond the Build Environment an initiative to elevate the identities and contributions of women and diverse designers through exhibitions, curated lectures, and documentaries. Bryant and Sablan will discuss their professional experiences in the architecture field and how their involvement with NOMA has informed their advocacy work towards racial diversity and inclusivity of Black designer voices in the profession.
RDA is a proud partner of BBE's SAY IT WITH MEdia initiative, which challenges collaborators to commit their publication to racial diversity and equity through a Memorandum of Understanding that encourages publicly shared metrics, ranging from annually increasing the percentage of diverse designers featured in a publication until 15% is achieved to creating content about Black experiences to help facilitate how architecture and the design fields can become more inclusive. Find out more about RDA and BBE’s collaboration here
Pascale Sablan, AIA, NOMA, LEED AP, is the Executive Director, Beyond the Built Environment (BBE) and Senior Associate, S9ARCHITECTURE. With over eleven years of experience, she has been on the design team for a variety of mixed-use, commercial, cultural & residential projects in the U.S., Saudi Arabia, India, Azerbaijan, Japan, & UAE.
Pascale is the 315th living African American female architect in the United States to attain her architectural license. Sablan was recently appointed to the American Institute of Architects New York Board of Director and American Institute of Architects National Strategic Planning Committee Member to set 2020-2024 strategic plan for the organization and was just elected President-Elect of NOMA. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Pratt Institute and a Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design from the Columbia University.
Antoine Bryant, NOMA, Assoc. AIA, APA, is a thought leader and community engagement expert with 20 years of experience in the design, development, engagement and empowerment of underserved communities across the US. Nationally, Antoine serves on the Board of Directors for the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) as the Director of Strategic Partnerships, where he establishes relationships with associated entities that serve and work with architects across the country, who are aligned with NOMA’s vision. Locally, Antoine plays a tremendous role in the growth of the City of Houston, as a member of the City of Houston Planning Commission; serving as Secretary on the Board of Directors of the OST/Almeda Redevelopment Authority (TIRZ #7); and as a Founding Member of the Board of Directors of the new Elevate Charter School in Houston’s Third Ward. Bryant received his Bachelor of Science in Urban and Regional Studies from Cornell University, and Master of Architecture from the University of Texas, with study abroad experience in Tokyo, Japan.