Nakita Reed, AIA, CPHC, LEED AP BD+C, NOMA, an associate with Quinn Evans, has been selected as a member of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Cultural Heritage Stewardship Initiative Advisory Committee.
The new program, led by a partnership of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Ford Foundation, the J.M. Kaplan Fund, the JPB Foundation, and The Executive Leadership Council, will provide technical assistance and fund preservation-based stewardship plans at up to eight HBCU campuses across the country.
Reed has served as an architect and sustainability consultant on numerous projects, including historic building rehabilitations. She is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA), the Association of Preservation Technology (APT), and the Alice Ferguson Foundation’s Building Committee. Additionally, Reed serves on the boards of Preservation Maryland and the Benjamin Banneker Development Corporation. She was the 2018 recipient of AIA/DC’s Emerging Architect Award.
Reed holds a Master of Architecture (2010) and a Master of Science in Historic Preservation (2010) from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture (2006) from the University of Virginia. She is a registered architect, a LEED-Accredited Professional and Certified Passive House Consultant.
ABOUT NAKITA REED
Master of Architecture (2010) and a Master of Science in Historic Preservation (2010) from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture (2006) from the University of Virginia.
How did you get involved with the HBCU Cultural Heritage Stewardship Initiative?:
I met Brent Leggs, executive director of the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund, years ago at a National Trust conference. Since then we’ve stayed in touch about the various impacts of preservation on the African American community. I first got excited about this initiative when Brent mentioned that his team was working on grants and going after funding to get the project off the ground. At my former company I was involved in the preservation planning effort for Morgan State University and learned more about the preservation needs of HBCUs through that initiative. Once the HBCU Cultural Heritage Stewardship Initiative was funded I was honored to be asked to volunteer in an advisory capacity.
If you had not chosen architecture as a profession, what profession would you choose and why?
If not architecture I’d probably be a librarian or doing something with library management. I worked in a library for my work study job in grad school and really enjoy recommending resources. I also love a good organization system.
Puerto Rico for a friend’s wedding.
When I want to relax, I … :
Binge watch something sci-fi or watch car detailing videos on YouTube (the dirtier the better).
“A Wrinkle in Time” by Madeleine L’Engle
“We don’t inherit the earth from our parents, we borrow it from our children” – Native proverb
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