Habitat for Humanity Alumni Build

This June I am planning to participate in an AmeriCorps Alumni house build!  2015 will be the 5 year anniversary of the first Alumni build.  As an AmeriCorps Alumni of the Habitat for Humanity Charlotte Affiliate, I am eager to join in the fun and get back on site!  My time of service changed my life and set a precedent for me to strive and continue to help those in need.  As an AmeriCorps Member I participated in over 10 new construction and home repair builds in Charlotte, NC, Dallas, TX and Seattle, WA.  I broke a finger with my hammer (because I’m so strong), led a KaBoom playground build (because I’m so caring and love the kids),  and met a ton a amazing people along the way (and the list goes on).  The vision for this build is to say “thank you” to Habitat Charlotte for the opportunity to serve, and to continue to show our ongoing commitment to service, and to our communities.   HFH_Seattle

In addition to my hammering hands and painter’s touch, the team is raising funds to cover the cost of construction for not only the house we will build in a week June 13-21, but also enough to sponsor a Critical Home Repair project AND sponsor a house at the Habitat Charlotte sister affiliate in El Salvador.  The art of teamwork is crucial to the success of this mission.  Please consider making a donation to support me, my fellow alumni and the continuing efforts Habitat for Humanity makes to ensure affordable shelter to deserving families. AmeriCorps Build-a-Thon 2013

Our fundraising goal is $100,000 and we are 1/3 of the way there!  All donations made for the remainder of the month will be matched in $100 increments by a generous donor.  You can make donations and track our fundraising progress here:


I’ll prepare a special gift for all those who donate, something artsy probably!  If you have any questions or need more information please contact me! Feel free to forward along and thanks for your support! HFH_Talladega

Please note, if you want to donate $500 or more, it is best to write a check and mail it directly to Habitat.  If you are interested in doing this, please make it payable to the following:

Habitat for Humanity of Charlotte

3815 Latrobe Dr.
Charlotte, NC 28211

“AmeriCorps Alumni Build” needs to be in the memo line of the check in order for the money to go to the right campaign.


In Service,


​”You will be remembered by what you have built,

not what you have bought.

By what you gave,

not what you got.​”


AA architects: 2014 Licenses

The disparity seems so distant until you read something like this.

Katherine Williams

At the end of 2014, there were approximately 1955 architects in the Directory of African American Architects.** For the year, 23 African American architects reported as newly licensed.

Year 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Men 37 33 22 20 15
Women 19 11 12 13 8
Total 56 44 34 33* 23

The number continues the downward trend that has been characteristic of the last five years. The organization that creates the architect registration exam (ARE), NCARB, has also seen an up-and-down rate, since 2009, of people completing ARE sections.

I asked some of my colleagues for their thoughts to get some other perspectives on the trend. There is optimism and celebration, and also some self-actualization.

I have mixed feelings about the low numbers. We as a community can and should do more in supporting candidates of color. The fact that I have mentored three of the newly licensed…

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