Vortex: African-American Women Architects in Practice

Thursday, October 15 • 4:30pm - 6:00pm

Vortex has been the catalyst for much of the recent increase in the number of African American Women licensed to practice architecture in recent years. This session will provide a glimpse of the profession through the eyes of practitioners from a wide range of practice environments. This session will investigate the recent achievements of African American women and other minority women in architecture and their impact on the broader environment. The session will also highlight the positive impacts resulting from increased gender and cultural diversity within architecture firms.



Pascale Sablan
FXFOWLE Architects
22 West 19th Street New York, NY 10011


Pascale Sablan AIA, NOMA, LEED, an accomplished architect and President of NYCOBA, graduated Magna Cum Laude from Pratt Institute with a Bachelor of Architecture, and completed a Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design at Columbia University. Pascale’s professional career began and was nurtured at AARRIS Architects. She devoted four years of her life and career to working on The African Burial Ground National Monument, the first black slavery monument of New York City. Pascale was recently elevated to Associate at FXFOWLE Architects where she is a designer within the Urban Studio. In this position she creates sustainable and dynamic architectural design in countries such as United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, India, Azerbaijan and Japan. In addition to her role as an architect, Pascale is actively engaged in many of the firm's committees and activities, such as Team Green, Mentoring, Revit Technology, Blog, among others. Outside the office, she volunteers for multiple organizations to help improve her community and share her knowledge and expertise. She sits on the Board of Trustees of the Mary Louis Academy, a member of the American Institute of Architects’ Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and member of the United States Green Building Council and has been a counselor in the ACE Mentoring organization. In 2013, Pascale was selected as an AIA Emerging Professional and her work was exhibited during their annual National Convention. In 2014, she won the AIANY ENYA Merit Award, an honor given to only one person a year. Pascale was also awarded the NOMA Prize for Excellence in Design in the Unbuilt category for her redesign of AMHE Haiti School Campus, which was destroyed in the 2010 earthquake.