Friday, April 10

NOMA-D Celebrates Lifetime Achievement of Architect Roger Margerum, FAIA

The National Organization of Minority Architects will celebrate the Lifetime Achievement of Detroit architect, Roger Margerum, and pay tribute to his late wife, Fran L. Margerum. Mr. Margerum’s designs and Mrs. Margerum’s textile work will be on display throughout the evening of celebration.

An African-American architect who graduated from the University of Illinois in 1955 with a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture, Mr. Margerum began his career working with Skidmore Owings and Merrill (SOM) in Chicago and Smith, Hinchman and Grylls (SmithGroup) in Detroit. His major projects included the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO and Hart Plaza in Detroit.

Mr. Margerum later opened his own firm with locations in Detroit and Chicago. His successful career has spanned half a century, and he has received numerous honors for his work. His 45-degree polygonal residence was recently featured in the Detroit Free Press and the Fall 2008 issue of Detroit Home magazine.

Mrs. Margerum was an educator who taught students throughout the United States. She was founder of Professional Adult Reading Services, a successful private business that provided individual reading instruction to adults. Mrs. Margerum was also an accomplished weaver with patrons in Detroit and Chicago.

The National Organization of Minority Architects, Detroit Chapter, along with co-sponsor, Hamilton Anderson Associates Architects, will host the award celebration and tribute Thursday, April 16, 2009 from 6:30 PM until 8:30 PM at University of Michigan Orchestra Place, 3663 Woodward Ave., Suite 150, Detroit, MI 48201.

See event invitation at right.

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