Architect Paul Revere Williams’ legacy can be found throughout Los Angeles in many forms. Not only did he design more than 3,000 buildings—from airports to affordable housing—he also paved the way for Black architects struggling to gain a foothold in a discriminatory system.
Join us for a conversation with Williams’ granddaughter, Karen E. Hudson, and other notable experts to discuss the ways Paul Revere Williams changed Los Angeles and the field of architecture.
LeRonn P. Brooks, Associate Curator for Modern and Contemporary Collections, Getty Research Institute
Dr. LeRonn P. Brooks is the Associate Curator for Modern and Contemporary Collections (specializing in African American collections) at the Getty Research Institute. Dr. Brooks is a specialist in African American art, poetics, performance, and Africana Studies. Prior to working at the Getty he was an Assistant Professor of Africana Studies at Lehman College and a curator for The Racial Imaginary Institute, founded by poet Claudia Rankine. His interviews, essays on African American art, and poetry have appeared in publications for Bomb Magazine, The Studio Museum in Harlem, Socrates Sculpture Park, The Spelman Museum of Art, Callaloo Journal, The International Review of African American Art as well as The Aperture Foundation, among others.
Karen Elyse Hudson, author, and director of the Paul Williams Architectural Archives
Karen E. Hudson is the granddaughter of Paul R. Williams and his official biographer. She has authored three books on Mr. Williams and his work, and continues to speak extensively on his legacy. Ms. Hudson is currently working on a book that tells the story of Paul Williams the man.
Roland A. Wiley, AIA, Founder and Principal of RAW International
Mr. Wiley has over 40 years’ experience in project planning, design, technical coordination and construction management. His demonstrated leadership and planning skills have sustained the firm’s continued growth and success for 33 years. As a founding partner of RAW International, his firm has evolved into a nationally recognized award winning team, successfully executing a diversity of projects ranging from transit planning to sanctuary design. Mr. Wiley has led the station planning efforts for the Crenshaw/LAX line from the Crenshaw/Prairie Feasibility Study in 1994 to the completion of the Crenshaw/Lax Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) in 2008. In addition to his Crenshaw/LAX history, Wiley is currently coordinating with WSP as the Chief Architect for the Westside Extension Project (Subway to the Sea).
Kathy McCampbell Vance, Emmy-award winning television producer, and director
Kathy McCampbell Vance is an Emmy Award-winning television producer, director, and former TV executive with experience in production, program development, syndication, community outreach and marketing. She is currently an independent producer, specializing in short-form story production, news and documentaries. Prior to becoming an independent producer, Ms. McCampbell-Vance worked at NBC4 Washington, her career spanning more than 20 years, as a Writer, Producer, Executive Producer, and ultimately Director of Programming, Community Affairs and Broadcast Standards. She produced and executive produced a range of programs, including live broadcasts, awards shows, documentaries, weekly children’s and entertainment shows, as well as news, talk and other topical programs, some of which were broadcast nationally, internationally and in syndication. In addition to several Emmy Awards, she has received a CEBA, National Black Media Coalition, and Ohio State Journalism Awards. And recently, a Golden Mike Award and a Telly Award for the documentary film “Hollywood’s Architect: The Paul R. Williams Story.”
This panel discussion will be conducted through Zoom. Information on how to attend will be sent following registration.
A recording of this event will be sent out following its conclusion.
Photo Credit: Paul R. Williams: Photo courtesy Chanté Griffin/KCET.
Paul Revere Was Here is presented in partnership with the Southern California Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects.