Celebrating Black History Month: A special event honoring Paul Revere Williams, FAIA



A special Black History Month event

Join us for a special event celebrating Black History Month and the impressive career of Paul Revere Williams, FAIA, 2017 AIA Gold Medalist. AIA will be hosting an intimate reception, book signing, and presentation by Karen Hudson, Williams’ granddaughter and the director of his archives.

About Paul Revere Williams, FAIA

Over six decades, Williams created several thousand buildings that helped shape the Los Angeles cityscape, designing some of the most iconic homes in Hollywood, hotels, housing projects, and commercial buildings. Williams is among the most celebrated architects of his generation, and his work broke racial barriers. He was deeply involved in the black community in Los Angeles and in African-American affairs nationally. He was also AIA’s first African-American member (1923) and first African American Fellow (1957).


5–5:45pm Reception and book signing

6–7:30pm Presentation and Q&A


Advance registration: $10

Tickets at the door: $15 (limited availability)


Karen E. Hudson

A third generation Angeleno, Karen Hudson is an author, biographer, and speaker who chronicles the history of African Americans in Los Angeles through photography and writing. She is director of the Paul R. Williams Architectural Collection and lectures extensively on the architecture of Mr. Williams, on etiquette, and on party planning. Her most recent architectural book, Paul R. Williams, Classic Hollywood Style (Rizzoli, 2012) takes a look at the understated elegance of 22 of Mr. Williams’ signature residential designs, from the 1920s to the 1950s.

Hudson recently launched her own publishing company, Hot Fudge Press, designed to inform, inspire, and empower readers by showcasing the African American experience through storytelling and biographies. This fall will bring a unique book celebrating Paul R. Williams’ vision and legacy through his attention to detail and personal quotes. Her new blog, “Grace and Attitude” honors the contributions of African Americans and is filled with historical facts, Karen’s take on today’s world, as well as etiquette and party tips.


Image credits

Paul Revere Williams hero

Herald Examiner Collection