To celebrate the inaugural exhibition curated by the AIA Dallas Exhibitions Task Force, 50 Years after Whitney Young, Jr., we are introducing a new series, See, Sip, Speak. Please join us for a gallery reception and conversation with Clyde Porter, FAIA, Dallas’ own recipient of AIA National’s Whitney M. Young Jr. Award in 2009. Explore this moving exhibition over drinks and light bites, and stay for a discussion hosted by 2019 Texas Society of Architects President Mike Hellinghausen, AIA. We hope you can join us for this evening of reflection and inspiration!

About Clyde Porter, FAIA

Clyde Porter, FAIA, IIDA, NCARB, NOMA is the former Associate Vice Chancellor of Facilities Management and Planning/District Architect for the Dallas County Community College District. During his thirty-year tenure, he master planned and completed over $1 billion of district-wide new construction renovation and expansion projects. Presently, he is directing the DCCCD sustainability, maintenance, and ADA long-range master plans $100 million program. Prior to that, he served as the chief architect for the Dallas Area Rapid Transit $2.9 billion transportation project, where he completed 10 transit center designs and set the regional architectural vernacular for the DART rail and bus transit center program. Under Clyde’s administration, two college campuses (Richland College and Brookhaven College) have received the AIA Dallas 25 Year Award. He has a B.S. in Industrial Arts Education and a Master of Architecture degree from Prairie View A&M University. Throughout his career he has managed more than $ 6 billion in design and construction.

He is a regular guest lecturer at several area high schools, middle schools, and Prairie View A&M University School of Architecture, where he enhances student knowledge on architecture and engineering as a career choice. He also serves on the Dallas City Central TIF Board and has served as a board member for the National ACE Mentor program. Mr. Porter is also active in several professional organizations and serves on the UTA School of Architecture Advisory Board. In 2002, Mr. Porter was awarded the AIA Dallas Citation of Honor Award. In 2003, he was the first architect in Texas to be honored by Governor Perry with the highest award Texas can bestow, a commissioned Admiral in the Texas Navy, for his outstanding contribution to the State. This was preceded by honors from both the Texas House of Representatives and Texas Senate by resolution for his outstanding contribution in architecture as a premier public architect. He was awarded the 2009 AIA National Whitney M. Young Jr. Award and received the State of Texas Governor’s Recognition for that achievement.

About the Exhibition

AIA Dallas, in partnership with DFW NOMA, is proud to present its latest exhibition, 50 Years After Whitney Young Jr. The exhibition celebrates the American civil rights leader who spent most of his career working to end employment discrimination in the United States and turning the National Urban League from a relatively passive civil rights organization into one that aggressively worked for equitable access to socioeconomic opportunity for the historically disenfranchised. His monumental speech at the 1968 AIA National Convention challenged architects to address issues of diversity and social responsibility in the profession, and called out architects for their “thunderous silence” in the face of entrenched inequalities across American cities, starting a conversation that continues to this day. 

This exhibition is developed in part using the 50 Years After Whitney Young Jr. exhibition from the Architects Foundation, the philanthropic partner of AIA. Thank you to our Exhibition Sponsor, Hossley Lighting Associates, and our Community Partner, the Dallas/ Fort Worth Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects (DFW NOMA).

Registration

Free and open to the public

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Related Event:

Thursday, July 25th at 11:30 a.m. - AD EX Lunch Learning Session at the Movies - Whitney Young, Jr.
Join us for a documentary on Young’s life and his work as one of the most celebrated and controversial leaders of the civil rights era. We’ll gather at 11:30 a.m. and start the screening promptly at noon. To RSVP, e-mail info at DallasADEX.org. Please include LLS-Young in the subject line.