Join the School of Architecture community for a panel discussion, Breaking Barriers, held in conjunction with the exhibition on April 26th at 5:00pm in Goldsmith Hall 3.120.
Throughout the month of April, visitors can explore intimate drawings, photos, and other objects in Chasing Perfection: The Legacy of Architect John S. Chase, curated by the Houston Public Library.
The first African American graduate of the UT Austin School of Architecture and first licensed African American architect in Texas, John Saunders Chase designed churches, residences, and cultural landmarks such as the George R. Brown Convention Center and many buildings at Texas Southern University in Houston and the national headquarters of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. in Washington, DC. He was a founding member of the National Organization of Minority Architects, and, at the peak of his practice, had approximately fifty employees in four cities. A historic commercial building in Austin that was designed by Chase was purchased by UT Austin last year and now serves as a community engagement center operated by the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement.
Free and open to the public.
This exhibition was curated by Danielle Wilson and co-curated by Christina Grubitz and Anzilla Gilmore. It opened at the Houston Public Library in 2018. The School of Architecture's presentation includes additional materials sourced by its Lectures and Exhibitions Committee, co-chaired by faculty David Heymann and Clay Odom.