Asian American Architects: The Absence of History

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Meet 2022 AIA Columbus Architecture Awards jury member Rod Henmi, FAIA, NOMA!

Asian Americans have made significant contributions after World War II to the American architectural world. This includes the establishment and leadership of one of the largest firms in the world, HOK. Yet few know the history and development in the profession of Asian Americans and why so many were leaders in the Midwest, including in St. Louis, Detroit, Chicago, and Cleveland. Rod Henmi, FAIA, NOMA, explores this history from a deeply personal beginning, that of his father, to contemporary practice.

Rod Henmi has compiled a distinguished career as an award-winning architect, educator, and advocate for social justice. His professional career focuses on community-oriented projects such as affordable housing, schools, and municipal buildings. He is deeply committed to furthering opportunities for minority architects and underserved communities and served on the board of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA). He is currently the Chairperson of the Board of Directors of Kimochi, Incorporated, a non-profit agency dedicated to improving the lives of senior citizens. As a result of his career achievements, influence on the profession and community service, he was invested in 2011 into the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects.

He graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture with High Distinction from the University of Minnesota and a MAUD degree from Washington University in St. Louis. After graduation he taught at Washington University for fourteen years, during which time he co-authored with Iain Fraser the seminal book on architectural drawing, “Envisioning Architecture: An Analysis of Drawing”. He was Director of Design and principal at MWA Architects before joining HKIT Architects as Director of Design in 2009. He is an enthusiastic hip-hop dancer, lover of R and B, and avid traveler who documents his journeys through carefully crafted hand drawings.

September 9, 2022
12-12:30 PM via Zoom
Earn 0.5 LU

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Non-members: $5

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