Growing up in Miami, Candace Hoskins was always drawn to the arts. Her interest deepened at Design and Architecture Senior High School, a premier magnet school with a diverse student body. But when Hoskins was admitted into the M.Arch. program at the University of South Florida (USF) in Tampa, she was the only African-American in her class of 40 students. 'I definitely wish it was more integrated,' Hoskins says.
The problem is not unique to USF. Only 1,444, or 5.3 percent, of the 27,478 students in programs certified by the National Architectural Accrediting Board identify themselves as black or African-American. The numbers get much smaller as these aspiring architects climb the professional ladder: Of the 104,300 registered architects in the United States, roughly 1,860 of them'less than 2 percent'are black.