Leroy M. Campbell
Community development, professional outreach
Leroy Campbell posthumously received the Whitney Young Award for his use of architecture as a tool for building community and promoting positive neighborhood revitalization. After receiving an undergraduate architecture degree from Howard University and working at several area practices, he established his own successful firm, Sulton Campbell & Associates along Georgia Avenue—then known for having the offices of more black architects than any street in the world. Much of the firm’s work would focus on community planning projects as well as affordable housing solutions.
Before an untimely death at age 50, Campbell proved a powerful instrument of change. After the 1968 riots in the nation’s capital, his firm led restoration efforts to rebuild damaged neighborhoods. He was a charter member and president of the National Organization of Minority Architects, served as a board director for several Washington, D.C. planning associations, and worked with the National Urban League’s Black Executive Exchange Program to offer volunteer architecture lectures at historically black university and colleges.