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First 500

houses knowledge

to cultivate the
next generation of

interested in architecture?

First 500 houses knowledge and resources to cultivate the next generation of Black Woman Architects.


Primary School Student Resources

Early exposure is key to fostering the interest and development of architecture as a potential career. Together we can increase that early connection with the following sources!

small children youtube videos

children youtube videos



Get connected with a Mentor

The cornerstone of First 500 is its supportive ecosystem of licensed Black Women Architects dedicated to cultivating the potential of the next generation.


Whether you are a high school student or a pre-licensed professional, sign up below to learn more about the process and how to get connected with a mentor.

    Collegiate Resources

    We’re almost there! Mentorship and equitable resource allocation is key at this point. We encourage you to check out the list of sources we have pulled together as a starting point!



    student networks

    design competitions

    Non-licensed Professional Resources

    Congratulations on making it this far! You are right where you belong. Let’s get motivated to commence or continue your license journey. The following resources and networks can help in this process!


    professional networks

    Licensed Architect Resources

    Special shoutout and thank you to this group of women for your contributions to the industry, our communities and for inspiring future generations. You have truly paved an exemplary path! Make sure we have your profile along with other entities below. 

    professional networks

    black authored and black relevant architecture books