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Georgia Louise Harris Brown was the first African American woman to earn a degree in architecture in 1944. In 1949, she became the second professionally licensed black female architect in the nation! During her college career, Harris Brown studied under the famous Ludwig Mies van der Rohe during his prime.

Harris Brown had many prominent projects in the U.S., and after moving to Brazil in 1953, was accepted by the Engineers and Architects Regional Council, allowing her to lead many architectural projects over the next two decades.

Citation: Falbel, A. (2021). “Georgia Louise Harris Brown.” Retrieved March, 2021, from