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Roberta Washington Architects, PC was established in 1983 in the heart of Harlem as one of the few African-American, woman-owned architectural firms in the country. The firm's primary work includes health and educational facilities and affordable housing projects. Projects include the renovation of dozens of abandoned apartment buildings in Harlem for low and middle-income tenants in addition to new moderate income housing for home ownership, a specialty medical center, a MTA subway station, public school projects (including New Haven's first LEED Gold Certified school), museums and historic preservation projects.
RWA strategizes to explore every opportunity to energize all participants toward creative and responsible solutions working sometimes within confining budgets. RWA believes that architecture is not just a science or art form but also an active partner in defining:
How we choose to live - by creating viable communities through the thoughtful design of supportive mixed-use housing that responds to the needs of users as well as the neighborhood
How we choose to learn - by creating purposeful spaces that support students and educators by assuring safe surroundings that invite exploration of the environment through careful planning and material selection
How we choose to heal - by creating supportive surroundings that integrate conflicting needs of technology, medical personnel, families and patient comfort
How we choose to view our past and future - by carefully restoring existing buildings to their original dignity and by protecting our future limited resources utilizing Green Building strategiesPrincipal Associate