Three Pillars of Practice: The Remarkable Life of Benjamin McAdoo, Jr.

Three Pillars of Practice: The Remarkable Life of Benjamin McAdoo, Jr.
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Docomomo US/WEWA celebrates Tour Day* with a virtual presentation highlighting the remarkable life and work of the modernist architect Benjamin McAdoo, Jr. (1920 – 1981), the first Black architect licensed in Washington state. Through his architectural practice, political aspirations, and social activism, McAdoo used his platform to advocate for Black liberation, promote housing equality, and challenge the institutional racism that surrounded mid-century life. Understanding his work helps expand the modernist narratives and context present in the Pacific Northwest.

Our presenter is Sierra Miles, a rising senior in the Architectural Design major at the University of Washington who is working with Professor Tyler Sprague to document and celebrate the legacy of the architect’s seminal career as part of The Benjamin McAdoo, Jr. Research Collective (a partnership between the UW, Docomomo US/WEWA, and BOLA Architecture + Planning). Learn more about Sierra and the Research Collective in this blog post.


This online program takes place on Thursday, October 14, 2021 and is sponsored by Docomomo US/WEWA. The presentation starts at 7:00 pm and will last about 45 minutes followed by a 10 minute Q&A. The event will end by 8:00 pm.

The event is FREE but you’ll need to register to gain online access. Click here to register on Zoom. After registering you’ll receive a confirmation email with information about joining the online program.

Docomomo US/WEWA’s programs are partially supported by a 4Culture Preservation Sustained Support grant.

*Docomomo US Tour Day (October 9 and throughout the month) is devoted to the appreciation of modern architecture in the United States. Tours and events focused on architecture and design of the Modern Movement are hosted by Docomomo US chapters, partners, and leading voices in preservation.

Image credits: this page – Benjamin McAdoo, Jr. architect’s license photo (Washington Department of Licensing); homepage – Ota residence, Seattle (Sierra Miles)

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