Dr. Sharon Egretta Sutton, FAIA

Dr. Sharon Egretta Sutton, FAIA is an activist educator and scholar who promotes inclusivity in the cultural makeup of the city-making professions and in the populations they serve, and also advocates the use of participatory planning and design strategies in low-income and minority communities. Her scholarship explores America's continuing struggle for spatial and educational equity, and documents young people’s leadership role in advancing that struggle.

Dr. Sutton holds five academic degrees—in music, architecture, philosophy, and psychology—and has studied graphic art in independent studios internationally. A registered architect, she was the twelfth African American woman in the nation to become a licensed architect, the second elevated to fellowship in the American Institute of Architects (AIA), and the first promoted to full professor of architecture in an accredited degree program.

In addition to receiving the AIA Whitney M. Young Jr. Award and the Medal of Honor from both the AIA New York and AIA Seattle chapters, Dr. Sutton is a distinguished professor of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture and an inductee into the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame. Formerly, she was a Kellogg National Fellow, a Danforth Fellow, and president of the National Architectural Accrediting Board.

Dr. Sutton currently teaches at Parsons School of Design and is professor emerita of architecture, urban design, and social work at the University of Washington.