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Ivenue Love-Stanley, FAIA




Professional outreach, community development

The 2014 Whitney Young Award recognized Ivenue Love-Stanley, FAIA, and a career dedicated to bringing architecture to underserved communities and making design education accessible to all.

From humble beginnings in Meridian, Mississippi, Love-Stanley was the first African American woman to graduate from Georgia Institute of Technology’s College of Architecture and later became the first African American woman licensed as an architect in the Southeast. In 1978, she cofounded Atlanta-based Stanley, Love-Stanley with her husband, William Stanley, FAIA, who received the Whitney Young Award in 1995.


An advocate for a more diverse and community-oriented architecture profession, she forged a lasting partnership between AIA and the National Organization of Minority Architects to help mentor minority students pursuing architectural degrees. As member of Atlanta’s City Zoning Review Board, she worked to direct architecture projects toward neighborhood redevelopment revitalization.


Regularly offering her services pro bono, Love-Stanley has led the revitalization effort in the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic District and designed an exhibit and performance titled “Celebrate Africa” for the 1996 Summer Olympic Games.

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