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  • Hidden In Plain Site - Episode Five- "Detroit Adjacent" - Kendal Bowman

    Kendal Bowman is a licensed Architect in Illinois and Michigan with 14+ years design experience. He is the Principal of Arcos Studio, LLC [Arcos] and a Project Architect at TMP Architecture, INC [TMP] doing incremental development and Educational Architecture, respectively. His portfolio of work to extends from historic renovation and preservation of existing buildings in Detroit to Airport Additions in Abu Dhabi. He returned to his hometown - Pontiac, Michigan - to work through the development of the city with the mantra "Access + Equity By Design." Kendal is  also president-elect of the Detroit Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects.

  • Hidden In Plain Site - Episode Four - "Higher Calling" - Sara Timberlake

    Sara Timberlake is a Chicago native and now Detroit-based architectural designer, educator, mentor and theorist currently working at Quinn Evans. She brings her clients’ visions to life by working at the intersection of design, planning, and community engagement.  She is also engaged with her research “Call and Response: Speculation of a Future Typology for the Black Church”, which aims to clarify a design language to the historic American Black Church.

  • Hidden In Plain Site - Episode Three - "Master Builder" - Damon Dickerson (Khai LW XI Amaru)

    Since graduating from the University of Michigan, Damon Dickerson has worked professionally as an architectural designer and is now Director of Architecture at Dokes Design Architecture and a real estate developer in Detroit. A native of Ypsilanti, he and his family moved to Detroit with the intention to aid in the City’s revitalization.
  • Hidden In Plain Site - Episode Two: "Resilience" - Tiffany Brown

    With three degrees from Lawrence Technological University, and nearly 20 years of experience in architecture, Tiffany Brown is now executive director of the National Organization of Minority Architects. She is also founder of 400 Forward, an initiative aimed to support the education and career development of the next 400 women architects with an underlying focus on African American girls.
  • Hidden In Plain Site - Episode One: "Audacity" - Kimberly Dowdell

    Kimberly Dowdell is a licensed architect, a Principal in the Chicago studio of HOK, and frequent speaker on the topic of architecture, leadership, diversity, sustainability and the future of cities. A graduate of Cornell and Harvard Universities, she served as the 2019-2020 national president of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA). Kimberly was recently elected the 2024 National President of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).
  • Noir Design Parti has launched a Podcast

    Noir Design Parti Has Launched the Hidden and Plain Site Podcast - Go like and subscribe now!
  • International Women's Day: Salute to Lynda Haith, Michigan's First Black Woman Architect

    Lynda Haith - the first Black woman to graduate from Lawrence Technological University and the first Black woman to be licensed an Architect in Michigan - received the 2021 Gold Medal by the Grand Rapids chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). The Gold Medal is the highest honor AIA bestows, recognizing those who've had a lasting influence on the profession.

    When we (Saundra Little, FAIA and Karen A.D. Burton) were dreaming of becoming Architects and planning our education and careers, we never imaged that there were so few African American women who'd traveled similar paths.
  • 02.11.2022 Newsletter: Part 1 - Never in our wildest dreams...

    We shared so many stories and interview several architects and professional over the past year. This Black History Month, we're revisiting the highlights of 2021 and invite you to join us on our new exciting journey, including a podcast and book in the works. Make sure you're part of our community on social media, and share using the hashtag #HiddenInPlainSite
  • Architecture Legends and the Importance of Nathan Johnson (1925 - 2021)

    Nathan Johnson has rockstar status with us. Saundra and I started our Noir Design Parti project in 2016 to research the history and chronicle the work of Black Architects in Detroit. Mr. Johnson was the last living of our then list of nine Trailblazers – the first generation of Black Architects licensed to practice in Michigan.

    His love for modern architecture came from his internal fight against colonial architecture's history of oppression of Black Americans in the South. He designed over 30 churches in the mid-century modern style across metro Detroit.

  • Hidden In Plain Site

    Never in our wildest dreams did we think we'd end up here. We both love architecture and enjoy the camaraderie with architects and designers. "I don't know any Black architects," we'd hear people say. Making the invisible visible became our mission. 
  • The impactful legacy of Detroit architect Nathan Johnson

    Karen Burton and Saundra Little talk with April Baer, host of Stateside on Michigan Radio, about architect Nathan Johnson's lasting impact on Detroit and the architecture community.
  • Noir Design Parti Detroit West McNichols Black Architects Exhibit & Panel Discussion

    Update: On Nov. 18, 2021, Noir Design Parti led a discussion among Black Developers and Architects completing projects along West McNichols Road (6...