FIRST 500

Infinitely Increasing
Black Women in
Architecture

Our Mission

At FIRST 500, we value elevating and celebrating Black Women Architects and strive to raise awareness about their distinction through an excellent central community. FIRST 500 aims to inspire Black women and girls to infinitely increase our licensed representation in the industry to better reflect the environments we serve.

FIRST 500

is dedicated to

uplifting black women

architects

Raising Awareness

We elevate the visibility of Black Women Architects and communicate their lasting impact on the built environment.

Resourcing Her Roadmap

From youth to pre-licensed professionals, we provide tools and resources that allow Black Women Architects to enter the industry and build prosperous careers once there.

Building a Strong Community

We establish a supportive network of individuals where they can connect, thrive and grow together.

> 1 %
Licensed Architects
7 %
U.S. Population
2.5 %
Architecture Students

SHE TRANSFORMS

the spaces we
live, work, and play

When we create opportunities for licensed Black Women Architects in the U.S. to practice in the industry, we create opportunities and equity in our communities. 

ALL licensed ARCHITECTS
1%
US POPULATION
7%
architecture students
2.5%

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    THE PROFILES

    Our community is made up of brilliant, creative licensed architects committed to shaping the blueprint of a better world and cultivating the next generation of Black architectural talent.

     

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