NEW YORK, NY, September 19, 2018 — Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to present Dr. Sharon Egretta Sutton, FAIA with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished listee, Dr. Sutton celebrates many years' experience in her professional network, having accrued the achievements, leadership qualities, credentials, and recognition of a distinguished architect and educator. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.
The twelfth black woman in the United States to become a licensed architect, Dr. Sutton launched a private architecture practice in New York City in 1976, relocating it to Dexter, MI in 1984 and then on to Seattle, WA in 1997 until her departure in 2016. While practicing in New York City, she taught architecture as a visiting faculty member at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY from 1975 to 1981, and as an adjunct at Columbia University in the City of New York from 1981 to 1982.
Dr. Sutton's first tenure-track faculty position was at the University of Cincinnati, which she held from 1982 to 1984 when she was recruited to the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI to teach architecture and urban planning. After achieving tenure in 1987, she became the first black woman in the United States to be promoted to full professor of architecture in 1994. In 1998, she relocated to the University of Washington in Seattle where she taught architecture, urban design and planning, and social work until 2016. Returning to New York in 2017, she currently teaches at the Parsons School of Design as well as at Columbia University, and is professor emerita at the University of Washington.
Dr. Sutton has countless scholarly and popular publications, most notably: When Ivory Towers Were Black: A Story about Race in America's Cities and Universities published in 2017 by Fordham University Press, The Paradox of Urban Space: Inequality and Transformation in Marginalized Communities published in 2011 by Palgrave Macmillan with co-editor Susan P. Kemp, and Weaving a Tapestry of Resistance: The Places, Power, and Poetry of a Sustainable Society published in 1996 by Bergin and Garvey Publishers. Since 1985, she has been a keynote speaker at colleges and universities internationally, and at professional conferences in art, architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, planning, and psychology, most recently in 2018 at the Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC.
Born in 1941 in Cincinnati, OH, Dr. Sutton studied French horn at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City from 1959 to 1962 before earning a Bachelor of Music from the University of Hartford in 1963. She then studied interior design at Parsons School of Design in New York City from 1967 to 1969, and later received a Master of Architecture from Columbia University in 1973. She went on to attend the City University of New York, where she obtained a Master of Philosophy in 1981 and both a Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy in psychology in 1982. She was once a member of the musician's union in New York, is currently a registered architect in the states of New York and Washington, and is certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards.
Dr. Sutton's fine art is in the Library of Congress and, since 1976, has been collected by individuals and institutions across the country, and has been exhibited at galleries in New York, Detroit, Seattle, and Ann Arbor, MI. As a freelance orchestral musician from 1958 to 1969, she performed with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, the New World Symphony Orchestra, in Radio City Music Hall, for the Bolshoi Ballet and other ballet companies, and with the original cast of Man of La Mancha, among other engagements.
At the University of Michigan, Dr. Sutton was founding director of the Urban Network: A Program in Urban Design for Elementary Schools, funded from 1988 to 1997 by the National Endowment for the Arts, the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, and the university. At the University of Washington, she was director of the Center for Environment Education and Design Studies (CEEDS) funded from 1998 to 2016 by the Ford Foundation, the Washington State Department of Transportation, and the Tukwila School District, among others. Active in public service during her tenure at the University of Washington, she was a member of the Seattle Design Commission from 2000 to 2004, chair of the Seattle Design Review Board in Capitol Hill from 2007 to 2011, and co-chair of the Virginia Mason Citizens Advisory Committee from 2011 to 2013.
Dr. Sutton's honors and awards all note her dedication to promoting just and inclusive communities within the architecture profession and society. In addition to being elevated to fellowship in the American Institute of Architects, she has received four awards from that organization, including two medals of honor from local chapters. She was also awarded the Distinguished Faculty Award for Lifetime Achievement by the College of Built Environments at the University of Washington in 2018, the Life Recognition Award by the Michigan Women's Hall of Fame in 1997 and the Distinguished Professor Award by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture in 1996, among others. She is listed in the second edition of Who's Who of Emerging Leaders in America, sixth edition of Who's Who in American Education, and several editions of Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the Midwest, Who's Who among Black Americans, and Who's Who of American Women.
In recognition of outstanding contributions to the field of architecture, to the Marquis Who's Who community, and to society, Dr. Sharon Egretta Sutton, FAIA has been featured on the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement website. Please visit www.ltachievers.com for more information about this honor.
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