Approximately one year ago, as the 400th African-American woman was licensed as an architect in the U.S., designer Tiffany Brown learned she was a finalist for a Knight Arts Challenge grant. In an interview with Architectural Record, this passionate advocate for the growth of black women in the profession speaks about her work and the ways architects can do more to promote diversity.

400 Forward, the initiative that won Brown the award – a $50 000 matching grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation – aims to provide support for the next 400 black women to become architects.

“As professionals it is our duty to make sure that we are creating a proper environment for generations to come, and we can’t do that without diversity. We can’t create beautiful cities without diversity. We can’t serve our neighbourhoods without diversity. Whether you’re a student or you’re an instructor or you’re a professional, it’s something that we should all advocate for”, says Brown.

Read the full interview here.