Whitney M. Young Jr. 2021 Award Recipient Pascale Sablan, FAIA: Making an Impact Through Architecture and Activism


Pascale Sablan, FAIA, is an outspoken champion of women and diverse design professionals. As the 315th Black woman architect to receive licensure in the US, Sablan has embraced the role of activist architect to broaden social awareness of the built environment and involve new people across diverse communities—in the design process.

In this session, Sablan shares what drew her to a career in architecture, how she pursued the dual paths of architecture and activism, and the ways her advocacy has impacted the industry—including her winning the Whitney M. Young Jr. Award, which honors an architect or organization that embodies social responsibility and actively addresses a relevant issue in the industry.

Learning objectives

  • Explore how Sablan has carved out a career that incorporates both activism and architecture—and how she uses design to implement change and empower communities. 
  • Identify the ways Sablan has expanded opportunities in architecture for women and people of color by addressing disparities and providing a platform to support multiple states of the architecture pipeline. 
  • See how Sablan supported her family’s homeland of Haiti after the devastating 2010 earthquake by designing a new school campus for AMHE, leading construction workshops for local contractors, and helping rebuild elementary schools.
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    Pascale Sablan


    Founder and Executive Director | Beyond the Built Environment

    Associate | Adjaye Associates

    Pascale Sablan, FAIA, is the Founder and Executive Director of Beyond the Built Environment, LLC,...