Pascale Sablan

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Pascale Sablan
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Queens, New York
SiglumUnited States of America
  • Bachelor of Architecture
  • MSc in Advanced Architectural Design
Alma mater
  • Pratt Institute School of Architecture
  • Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation
OrganizationBeyond the Built Environment
TitleFounder and Executive Director
  • American Institute of Architects' Young Architect Award (2018)
  • AIA New York/Center for Architecture Emerging Professional Award (2014)

Pascale Sablan (AIA, NOMA, LEED AP) is an African-American architect and Senior Associate at S9 Architecture, based in New York.[1] Sablan is also the Founder and Executive Director of Beyond the Built Environment, a platform that facilitates equity and diversity through architecture in communities.[2]

Early life and education

Born in Queens, New York, Sablan earned her Bachelor of Architecture from the Pratt Institute School of Architecture and a Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design from the Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.[2]

She started working for Aaris Architects in the third year of college, and became part of the team, under the leadership of Rodney Leon and Nicole Hollant-Denis, responsible for building the African Burial Ground National Monument – New York City’s first black slavery monument in honor of 15,000 buried Africans.[3]

In 2018, she received the American Institute of Architects' Young Architect Award. In 2014, she was awarded the AIA New York/Center for Architecture Emerging Professional Award.[1] Sablan was also the president of the New York Coalition of Black Architects in 2016, and advanced the chapter's outreach with elementary students into the field of architecture.[1]


After her study at Columbia University, Sablan worked at FXFOWLE Architects for ten years with projects in countries including the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, India, Azerbaijan and Japan. As well as working as an architectural designer, she became the representative of the International Studio to the Team Green Committee and the United States Green Building Council.[4]

Sablan joined S9Architecture as a senior associate in 2017.[2] In the same year, Sablan facilitated a collaboration between NYCOBA|NOMA and AIA New York’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee, resulting in the exhibition “SAY IT LOUD: Distinguished Black Designers of NYCOBA | NOMA” at the Center for Architecture. Say It Loud, curated by Sablan herself, called attention to the achievement of the architects of colors and elevated women of color, including J. Yolande Daniels, Roberta Washington and many more.[5] The exhibition later travelled to United Nations Visitors Centre and cultural institutions worldwide, calling to actions on social inequity to world leaders.


Sablan was named member of the year by NOMA in 2015 and became president of the New York Coalition of Black Architects (NYCOBA). Through her involvement with NYCOBA, Sablan devised a series of educational programs within communities of color to promote architecture as a potential career path. Project Pipeline was one of the initiatives that familiarize elementary school students in New York City with design projects and professional architects. [1][6]

While at FXFOWLE, she was a regular participant in ACE (architecture, construction and engineering) Mentor Program. She worked with students in Cap-Haitian, Haiti to design a new campus to recover from the 2010 earthquake. The unbuilt project was recognized by National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) with the Prize for Excellent Design.[1]

Sablan launched the lecture series I Was Asked To Stand, and spoke at the United Nation, universities and other cultural institutions, on making visible the causality of the racial and sexual disparity in the architecture industry.[7]

Sablan was a 2018 AIA Young Architects Awards recipient for her exceptional leadership in promoting social responsibility in the architecture profession, a professional accomplishment which she credited her audacity and vulnerability: “Proclaim your contribution. More often than not, nobody’s gonna proclaim it for you.”[6]

Recently, Sablan launched Just City, an Afro-futuristic competition on a post-racism world, on Instagram Live with the “hip-hop architect” Mike Ford (architect) and Azure Magazine.[8]

In the media



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 "Pascale Sablan, AIA - AIA". Retrieved 2020-07-19.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Pascale Sablan | BEYOND THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT". Retrieved 2020-07-19.
  3. Lopez, Elias E. (2007-10-02). "Nameless Are Memorialized at Old African Burial Site". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-08-19.
  4. "Pascale Sablan AIA,NOMA,LEED". LinkedIn. Retrieved 2020-07-30.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. "SAY IT LOUD: Distinguished Black Designers of NYCOBA | NOMA – January 26 – April 1, 2017". Center for Architecture. Retrieved 2020-07-30.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Advocacy By Design with Pascale Sablan". Design Voice Podcast. Retrieved 2020-07-30.
  7. "Pascale Sablan: "I Was Asked to Stand" | School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation". Retrieved 2020-08-19.
  8. "architect magazine". Retrieved 2020-08-19.

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