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These Black Women Hope to Build Diversity Within Austin’s Architect Community | KUT 90.5 When you think of architecture, you probably think about the style and functionality of a building. You may not always think about the people who drew up the plans. But their perspectives can help shape the way our cities look. In Austin, African-American women are hoping to diversify the field of architecture.

Devanne Pena, African American Architect, African American Professional, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMN



A couple weeks ago, Devanne Pena made a surprising discovery.

“I just became a licensed architect,” Pena said. “I found out that I am the second black woman to be licensed in Austin, Texas altogether, which is nuts.”

Pena was keeping her eye on a directory of African-American architects maintained by The University of Cincinnati, but that directory is an unofficial record. We turned to some official record-keepers to see if Pena was really the second black female architect currently working in Austin.

Devanne Pena, African American Architect, African American Professional, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMNPhoto Credit | Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon/KUT

Devanne Pena, African American Architect, African American Professional, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMN

DIRECTORY OF AFRICAN AMERICAN ARCHITECTS | ONLINE

The Directory of African American Architects is maintained as a public service to promote an awareness of who African American architects are and where they are located. The sole qualification for listing is licensure in one of the fifty US jurisdictions and their territories. (Website).


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