John R. Henderson: Colorado’s First Licensed Black Architect



University of Colorado Denver, College of Architecture & Planning

1250 14th Street
Denver, CO
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John R. Henderson (1921-2018), the first licensed Black architect in the state, worked for prominent Denver firms like James Sudler Associates and Hornbein & White, initiating the integration of Black designers into Colorado’s architectural profession. This exhibition showcases the trajectory of Henderson’s life and work, from drafting assignments to the residential and commercial projects he designed independently in Denver and beyond.

About the curator

Schawn (Chi) Li (CAP BS Arch 2021) is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Architecture at the College of Architecture and Planning, CU Denver. Schawn, an avid photographer and designer, believes that innovative, creative artistry impacts and inspires the world. Having lived in Hong Kong, Los Angeles, and Denver, Schawn has a deep understanding of how each city and society has its own unique identity and struggles. His personal experience and architectural understanding informed his work in cataloging and organizing the collection, which illuminates John R. Henderson’s struggles and recognizes his achievements.

The exhibition runs through April 1, 2022.