Norma Merrick Sklarek (1926-2012)
American Architects Directories:
Biographical listing in 1970 American Architects Directory
Obituary in AIArchitect, February 17, 2012.
The American Institute of Architects Archives
Membership file contains membership applications and Fellowship nomination. Norma Sklarek received the AIA's Whitney M. Young, Jr. Award in 2008. Her nomination for the award and the press release are available. The certificate presented to Ms. Sklarek for the award is now in the collections of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd593b64a4b-a90a-4f81-943f-120e9d19c00d. The certificate reads, “The American Institute of Architects is privileged to confer the Whitney M. Young Jr. Award on Norma Merrick Sklarek, FAIA. A professional life filled with career firsts. She shattered racial and gender barriers as an accomplished and generous professional whose quiet determination in the face of adversity made it possible for those with dreams and aspirations who followed. Through a series of pioneering efforts she advanced not only her cause, but the cause for minority involvement in mainstream matters of the profession and the AIA. A positive force of change, she is truly the ‘Rosa Parks of architecture.’ May 17, 2008.”