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Meet Deryl McKissack, the Black Woman Engineer Behind Some of DC's Most Iconic Monuments

The architecture industry is not the easiest field to enter, especially when it comes to Black people. According to the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards’ annual report in 2018 , nonwhite architecture professionals are 25 percent more likely to stop pursuing licensure with a nonwhite professional that represents 45 percent of the participants in the Architectural Experience Program. Black women make up the smaller margin when it comes to diversity in the sector, but Deryl McKissack, owner of McKissack & McKissack , took a leap of faith, using her savings to start her career. “Architecture was in my blood,” the president and CEO told Black Enterprise . “I’m the fifth generation in our family to go into the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) business.” She also opens up about not being represented in the space and why it has always been so important for her to change that. “It is definitely a double-whammy, so the challenges have been many and...

Oct 15, 2020