African American architect Paul R. Williams grew up to build mansions for movie stars and millionaires in Southern California. From the early 1920s until his retirement 50 years later, Williams was one of the most successful architects in the country. His name is associated with architectural icons like the Beverly Hills Hotel and LAX Airport, and his residential clients include Frank Sinatra, and Cary Grant. At the height of his career Paul Williams was not always welcome in the restaurants and hotels he designed or the neighborhoods where he built homes, because of his race.
We will be joined virtually by Karen E. Hudson, Paul R. Williams’ granddaughter and special consultant to the film, Royal Kennedy Rodgers, Producer, Director, Writer; Kathy McCampbell Vance, Producer, Director; and Shirlyn Cesar, Associate Producer. We’ll explore who gets to do architecture, the many barriers architects of color face and how, in spite of these barriers, these architects create memorable spaces and places while also creating opportunities for a future generation of designers. Join the School of Architecture for a screening and post-film conversation about race, design, history, film and the legacies designers create. Refreshments will be provided.