Beyond the Built Environment

Pascale Sablan | SAY IT LOUD, Center for Architecture, AIANY, New York, 2017. Image credit: Cameron Blaylock

The Architectural League’s annual Emerging Voices program spotlights North American architects, landscape architects, and urban designers who have significant bodies of realized work and the potential to influence their field.

Beyond the Built Environment won a 2021 award.

Pascale Sablan is a New York-based architect and activist who works “to advance architecture for the betterment of society,” bringing visibility to issues concerning women and BIPOC designers. She is the founder and executive director of Beyond the Built Environment, an organization with the goal of addressing “the inequitable disparities in architecture by providing a holistic platform aimed to support numerous stages of the architecture pipeline.” As part of this work, Sablan has curated the traveling exhibition SAY IT LOUD, which features work from underrepresented designers.

Projects include:

Sablan, FAIA, is president elect of the National Organization of Minority Architects. She was awarded the 2021 AIA Whitney M. Young Jr. Award for her advocacy work. Sablan holds a BArch from Pratt Institute and an MS in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University. She is the 315th living African American woman registered architect in the United States. Sablan is currently an associate at Adjaye Associates