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Gateway Plaza architect to speak at ECU tonight


Zena Howard


The Daily Reflector

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Zena Howard, an award-winning architect who designed the Sycamore Hill Gateway Plaza being built on the Greenville Town Common, will discuss urban design as urban healing during a presentation at East Carolina University tonight.

The event is set for 6 p.m. in the Main Campus Student Center, Ballroom C, according to an ECU news release.

Howard is known for leading complex and culturally significant projects including the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, the news release said.

The Sycamore Hill Gateway Plaza is a $2 million project that started earlier this year. Documentation from Joyner Library’s 2016 “Beyond Bricks and Mortar” project serves as a historic touchstone for the space.

Howard is an advocate for diversity within the architectural profession, a field in which minority and women professionals are historically underrepresented.

She is a founding member of Perkins & Will’s Diversity and Inclusion Council, an associate professor of architecture at North Carolina State University’s College of Design and is a member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.

Presented by Joyner Library in partnership with ECU's Office for Equity and Diversity, the city of Greenville and the Friends of Joyner Library, the event is made possible in part by a North Carolina Humanities Council grant.