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Architect tells “inside story” of history and culture


Los Angeles area residents can hear the inside story of the newly opened National Museum of African-American History and Culture (NMAAHC) in Washington, D.C., from the architect who managed the project.

On Saturday, May 6 from 1-3 p.m. in the Marsee Auditorium at El Camino College in Torrance, Zena Howard, senior project manager at Perkins+Will, will present the inside story on the design and construction of this iconic project. For tickets, go to

Because Howard represents the 0.2 percent of U.S. architects who are African-American women, she will provide an inspiring description of how she came to play a leading role on the project and also provide a look at past builds and some currently in design – like a new museum for Motown Records in Detroit, Mich.

The NMAAHC encompasses 10 levels—five above ground and five below. It’s on track to be the most sustainable national museum ever built, and the greenest of all Smithsonian Institution buildings. The museum, designed by the team of Freelon Adjaye Bond / SmithGroup, honors the significant social, economic, and cultural contributions that African Americans have made to this country over the last several centuries.

The event is being organized and hosted by the Southern California chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects (SoCalNOMA). Since 1972, NOMA has championed diversity within the design professions by promoting design excellence among its members as well as mentoring, motivating and inspiring the younger generations.

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