2014 Whitney M. Young Jr. Award
Ivenue Love-Stanley, FAIA | Notes of Interest
By Sara Fernández Cendón, AIArchitect
The Board of Directors of the American Institute of Architects yesterday bestowed the 2014 Whitney M. Young Jr. Award on Ivenue Love-Stanley, FAIA. The award was granted in recognition of Love-Stanley’s career-long dedication to bringing design to underserved communities and to making design education, and education in general, inclusive and accessible to all.
Established in 1972, the Whitney M. Young Jr. Award has honored architects and organizations that embody the profession’s proactive social mandate through a range of commitments, including affordable housing, inclusiveness, and universal access. The award is named after the civil rights–era head of the Urban League who confronted head-on the AIA’s absence of socially progressive advocacy at the 1968 AIA National Convention.
Advocate for inclusion
From humble beginnings in the public housing projects of Meridian, Miss., Love-Stanley went on to become the first African-American woman to graduate from the College of Architecture at Georgia Tech in 1977. She later became the first African-American woman to become a licensed architect in the Southeast. In 1978, she co-founded Atlanta-based Stanley, Love-Stanley with her husband, William Stanley, FAIA, who received the Whitney Young Award in 1995. Love-Stanley and Stanley are the first husband and wife to ever have both received the Whitney Young Award.
Throughout her career Love-Stanley has proven to be an entrepreneur with a social conscience. Her civic-minded activities have been twofold, revolving around advocacy for the disenfranchised in a variety of civic spheres, and promoting inclusion in education and the arts.
As an advocate for minority inclusion in the architectural profession, she helped forge connections between the AIA and the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA). She also infused the latter organization with new energy by reviving and editing its newsletter, planning two of its national conferences, and funding student scholarships. Her support for minority students pursuing architectural degrees continues through her annual sponsorship of NOMA/American Institute of Architecture Students student mentoring programs. Also the Stanley, Love-Stanley, P.C. Award, named in honor of Love-Stanley and her husband, was established 27 years ago at the Georgia Tech College of Architecture to support students of African descent. The award, one of the college’s longest-standing, rewards academic performance with a scholarship and an internship.
Love-Stanley’s commitment to diversity in the profession has often translated into work on behalf of educational institutions, especially her alma mater. Throughout her career, she has been an avid supporter of Georgia Tech’s diversity initiatives and legislative activities. She has been an alumni trustee and a member of the school’s National Advisory Board.
“Although not desirous of public attention, Ivenue works in tireless, quiet, and steadfast ways to advance institutional change when it comes to diversity and inclusiveness,” wrote the late Thomas Galloway, dean and professor at the Georgia Tech College of Architecture. “Georgia Tech is a leader among the nation’s top research universities in graduating African-American engineers and designers. This is due in no small part to Ivenue’s relentless advocacy of institutional responsibility.”
Design champion for the underserved
In aiding underserved communities, Love-Stanley has also put her professional skills to use more directly. As member of Atlanta’s City Zoning Review Board, she championed the causes of inner-city redevelopment and urban-neighborhood revitalization. Michael Lomax, president and CEO of the United Negro College Fund, describes Love-Stanley as a “rare individual. She believes deeply that all people—of whatever ethnicity, from whatever economic stratum—should have the opportunity to have their lives enriched by carefully considered, functional, and imaginative design,” he says.
During her eight years on Atlanta’s Midtown Improvement District, Love-Stanley was instrumental in shaping Midtown Atlanta as a national model for urban mixed-use districts. Other civic-service roles include eight years as a member of the Atlanta Urban Design Commission and another nine on the Georgia State Board of Architects and Interior Designers.
A tireless advocate for the preservation of Atlanta’s architectural heritage, Love-Stanley supported a 15-year community struggle to establish the West End as one of the city’s national historic districts. She volunteered her time and expertise by reviewing documents, preparing drawings, and educating stakeholders through consultations and presentations.
Karl Webster Barnes, former director of the Georgia African American Historic Preservation Network, describes Love-Stanley and her husband as part of a new generation of African-American technical professionals. In his letter supporting Love-Stanley’s nomination, he recalls her service on behalf of historic preservation: “Ivenue used her knowledge of land-use, zoning and [the] historic preservation process, and of design, to make our 19th- and early-20th century African-American neighborhoods architecturally relevant and contextually better off. Over time, and with a little prodding from Ms. Love-Stanley, developers before her boards began to understand how poor zoning and poorly designed projects would have long-term impacts on the behavior of Atlanta’s African-American urban youth.”
While on the board of the Atlanta Preservation Center, Love-Stanley rescued several landmark buildings from demolition and led some of the Center’s most successful fundraising campaigns. She also led the restoration of the Herndon Home Museum, the 107-year-old mansion once owned by Alonzo F. Herndon, a former slave who went on to become the country’s richest African-American man. The home had gone through a period of decline before Love-Stanley volunteered to restore it back to prominence.
Love-Stanley also has contributed her services pro bono to projects in need of a design champion. She was involved in the design and development of the Sweet Auburn Avenue project, which was part of the revitalization of the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic District in Atlanta. She provided design services for Youth Art Connection, a gallery devoted to art created by children. She also designed and oversaw the installation of a “Celebrate Africa” exhibit and performance during the 1996 Summer Olympic Games.
“The interpretation and conceptualization of the design elements for ‘Celebrate Africa’ were incredible,” wrote Stephanie Hughley, former executive producer of the National Black Arts Festival. “Ms. Ivenue Love-Stanley and her team worked tirelessly within an extremely tight budget and created pure magic.”
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The Whitney M. Young Jr. Award, established in 1972, is named after the civil rights-era head of the Urban League who confronted head-on the AIA’s absence of socially progressive advocacy at the 1968 national convention.
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2014 Whitney M. Young Jr. Awards Jury
- William Bates, AIA, Chair
- Eat'n Park Hospitality Group
- Homestead, Pennsylvania
- Amanda Palasik, Assoc. AIA
- GWWO, Inc.
- Rona Rothenberg, FAIA
- Administrative Office of the Courts
- Alameda, California
- Benjamin Vargas, FAIA
- Bartizan Group Architects & Project Managers, PSC
- Hato Rey, Puerto Rico
- Jennifer Workman, AIA
- Good Fulton & Farrell, Inc.