Since 1865 African-American architects have been designing and building houses and public buildings, such as schools and research institutes. Many of these buildings have survived into the twenty-first century, but the architects are virtually unknown. African-American Architects: A Biographical Dictionary brings their lives and work to light for the first time. Written by 100 field experts ranging from architectural historians to archivists, this unique reference contains 250 biographical, A-Z entries on African-American architects from the era of Emancipation to the end of World War II. The entries provide biographical facts about each architect and assess his or her work. Over 250 photos, illustrating architects and their buildings, are included. Practical and accessible, this reference includes an extensive index that lists architects by birthplace and location of major work.