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Against All Odds From Orphan to "Architect to the Stars": The Legacy of Paul R. Williams

Visions and Voices

A distinguished panel will discuss the life and legacy of pioneering architect Paul R. Williams. Born in 1894 to African American parents and orphaned at age four, Williams became one of the great architects of the twentieth century. His elegant and iconic buildings helped shape the architectural landscape of Los Angeles.
Born in 1894 to African American parents and orphaned at age four, USC alumnus Paul R. Williams rose to become one of the great architects of the twentieth century. His elegant homes and iconic commercial buildings established the architectural landscape of Los Angeles and continue to shape it today. With over 3,000 structures worldwide, his diverse local work ranges from celebrity homes to churches, office buildings on Central Avenue to the Theme Building at the Los Angeles International Airport and public housing to the Beverly Hills Hotel. A distinguished panel will feature Williams’s granddaughter and author Karen E. Hudson, along with esteemed architects, civic officials and entertainment leaders. They will discuss Williams’s incredible legacy and groundbreaking work.

Organized by the USC School of Architecture. Co-sponsored by the Black Alumni Association.

Photo: Courtesy of Karen E. Hudson