Mario Gooden, Huff + Gooden Architects

Mario Gooden received his undergraduate architecture degree from Clemson University where he graduated Magna cum Laude in 1987 and his professional architecture degree from Columbia University in 1990 where he was the recipient of the prestigious McKim Prize. He is a licensed architect in South Carolina, New York, and NCARB certified. His professional experience includes working in the distinguished offices of Zaha Hadid Architect in London in 1989 and Steven Holl Architects in New York from 1992 to 1993.

From 1993 to 2001 Mr. Gooden was an Assistant Professor of Architecture at the University of Florida where he was recognized as Teacher of the Year in 1996. In 1996 he was also invited to the International Forum of Young Architects. In 1998-1999 he served as a Thesis advisor at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) and in 1999 he was a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Arizona in Tucson. In the fall of 2001 he returned to Columbia University as a Visiting Assistant Professor.

Mr. Gooden has presented papers at numerous Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) conferences and has lectured extensively at various schools of architecture and design conferences. His work has been featured in Architecture Magazine, Architectural Record Magazine, Metropolis, The New York Times, and many other journals and publications. In addition his work has been exhibited at the Netherlands Architecture Institute, National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. and the Architectural League in New York. In 2001 Ray Huff and Mario Gooden were recognized by the Architectural League of New York with the distinguished honor of "Emerging Voices." Huff + Gooden Architects was simultaneously recognized by Architectural Record Magazine as one of six leading firms practicing exceptional architecture outside the "...Centers of Fashion." Recently Mr. Gooden was a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Syracuse University and the Louis I. Kahn Distinguished Professor at Yale University.



Vertner Woodson Tandy

Vertner Woodson Tandy (b. May 17, 1885, d. November 7, 1949) was one of the seven founders (commonly referred to as The Seven Jewels) of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity at Cornell University in 1906. Before transfering to Cornell, Vertner studied architecture at Tuskegee University. He was first treasurer of the Alpha chapter and the designer of the fraternity pin. The Fraternity became incorporated under his auspices.
As a graduate of Cornell with a degree in architecture, he would become the State of New York’s first registered black architect, with offices on Broadway in New York City. Tandy's most famous commission was probably Villa Lewaro, the mansion of Harlem millionairess Madam C.J. Walker, in Irvington on Hudson, New York.
Among his other extant work are the Ivey Delph Apartments, and St. Philip's Episcopal Church at 204 West 134th Street in Harlem.
Tandy also holds the distinction of being the first African-American to pass the military commissioning examination and was commissioned First Lieutenant in the 15th Infantry of the New York State National Guard.
Vertner W. Tandy died in 1949, at age 64.