The oldest minority-owned architecture/engineering firm in the US, McKissack and McKissack. Moses III, the grandson of a slave, founded the first business in 1905. The current business was founded by Deryl McKissack in 1990. The firm has overseen construction projects such as the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Lincoln, several Martin Luther King, Jr. memorials, and the Obama Presidential Center. Five generations strong! Learn more here.
BridgePoint celebrated Black History Month by spotlighting several heroes of our industry.
First up is AG Gaston, the grandson of an enslaved person who founded a construction company in 1984 at the request of HUD and the Housing Authority of Birmingham to renovate public-housing properties. In the process, he trained many residents in the construction industry, and a successful business was born that continues today. Learn more here.
Now, we bring it home to celebrate Black History Month with local industry heroes! Julien Abele was a prominent African-American architect and the primary designer of much of Duke’s West Campus, including Duke Chapel and Cameron Indoor Stadium. He brought Duke to life though he didn’t receive credit for his work until recent years. Students, faculty, and fans wouldn’t have the same experience on campus were it not for Abele! Learn more here.Lastly, we celebrate the work of Phil Freelon, a world-renowned architect who called Durham home. His work featured distinctly human-centered design and included designing the National Museum of African American History and Culture in DC (with McKissack and McKissack leading construction!). Learn more here.