Paul Revere Williams becomes first black architect to receive AIA Gold Medal

Paul Revere Williams, FAIA (1894 – 1980) was an American architect based in Los Angeles, California. He practiced largely in Southern California and designed the homes of numerous celebrities, including Frank Sinatra, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, Lon Chaney, Barbara Stanwyck and Charles Correll. He also designed many public and private buildings

The American Institute of Architects has this year bestowed its highest honour on the late Paul Revere Williams, who is the first African-American to receive the award. Williams, who was born in California in 1894 and died in 1980, was also the first black architect to become a member of the AIA in 1923 and the first to be elected a fellow of the organisation in 1957.


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