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William J. Stanley III, FAIA




Community development, education outreach

A past president of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) and a former chancellor of the AIA College of Fellows, William Stanley III, FAIA, received the Whitney Young Award for a career-long commitment to education outreach and positive community building throughout the Atlanta area.


The first African American graduate of Georgia Institute of Technology’s College of Architecture, Stanley became the south’s youngest African American ever to become registered as a licensed architect in 1975.


Stanley launched a highly successful practice in 1978 with his wife, business partner, and future Whitney Young Award recipient Ivenue Love-Stanley, FAIA. Aiming for design excellence in every project, regardless of size, the firm produces a range of healthcare, public housing, educational hospitality, government, library, religious, and athletic facilities. Major projects include the 1996 Olympics Aquatic Center at Georgia Tech and the Ebenezer Baptist Church Sanctuary/Martin Luther King Jr. Educational Building.


A fourth-generation Atlantan, Stanley offers outreach and pro bono design services to numerous community organizations, such as the National Black Arts Festival, Sweet Auburn Area Improvement Association, as well as area schools.

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