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Jose J. Mapily

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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Architect
Architecture Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
Salmon
Favorite Time of Year:
None
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere New
Favorite Quote:
It Is All Leslie's Fault.

Birthplace

Born:
8/13/1941
Birth Location:
Washington, District of Columbia

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Architect
Architecture Professor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
Salmon
Favorite Time of Year:
None
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere New
Favorite Quote:
It Is All Leslie's Fault.

Birthplace

Born:
8/13/1941
Birth Location:
Washington
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Biography

Retired architecture professor and artist Jose Julian Mapily was born on August 13, 1941 in Washington, D.C. to Gladys Mines Mapily, a clerk, and William Mapily, a master sheet metal mechanic. Mapily attended and graduated from Howard University in 1965, earning his B.A. degree in architecture. In 1972, Mapily earned his M.A. degree in city and regional planning, also from Howard University.

Mapily started his career at Morgan State University as an associate professor of architecture and city planning on the graduate level program. He then returned to his alma mater, Howard University, in 1980 again serving as associate professor of architecture and city planning. While serving as an educator, Mapily also worked at a local architectural firm, Bryant and Bryant Architects and Planners. He served as the principal architect in charge of designs for some Washington, D.C. building projects including the Charles Hamilton Houston Neighborhood Center, the Mary McLeod Bethune House and the Metropolitan A.M.E. Church. Mapily also completed designs for a $20 million project for the University of the District of Columbia, Van Ness campus.

Mapily has also begun a career as an artist. His artwork can be described as gridlike paintings made out of white dots on a dark ground that resemble schematic drawings of buildings or circuit diagrams for electrical components. In 2002, Mapily’s artwork appeared at the Gala Auction Exhibition at the WPA/Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. In 2004, he participated in the exhibition, Medusa Muse Artists at North Carolina Wesleyan College Gallery in Rocky Mount, North Carolina.

Mapily was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on April 26, 2007.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Jose J. Mapily's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Jose J. Mapily lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Jose J. Mapily describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Jose J. Mapily describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Jose J. Mapily talks about the history of slavery in New York
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Jose J. Mapily describes his maternal grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Jose J. Mapily describes his mother's childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Jose J. Mapily describes his paternal grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Jose J. Mapily describes his paternal grandfather
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Jose J. Mapily describes how his parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Jose J. Mapily describes his father's occupation
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Jose J. Mapily describes how he takes after his parents
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Jose J. Mapily describes his earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Jose J. Mapily talks about his experiences as a Boy Scout
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Jose J. Mapily remembers his neighborhood in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Jose J. Mapily remembers his neighbors
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Jose J. Mapily recalls the technology of his youth
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Jose J. Mapily remembers repairing his family's television set
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Jose J. Mapily describes the practical skills he learned as a child
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Jose J. Mapily describes his elementary schools
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Jose J. Mapily talks about his dyslexia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Jose J. Mapily recalls his experiences with dyslexia in school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Jose J. Mapily remembers his early mentors
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Jose J. Mapily describes the Episcopal Church of the Atonement in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Jose J. Mapily remembers professional basketball players from his neighborhood
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Jose J. Mapily recalls running track at Joel Elias Spingarn Senior High School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Jose J. Mapily recalls his decision to become an architect
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Jose J. Mapily lists influential African American architects
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Jose J. Mapily talks about William H. Moses, Jr.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Jose J. Mapily describes the challenges faced by African American architects
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Jose J. Mapily describes his experiences with dyslexia as an adult
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Jose J. Mapily remembers his influences at Joel Elias Spingarn Senior High School in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Jose J. Mapily recalls being discouraged by his guidance counselor
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Jose J. Mapily describes the campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Jose J. Mapily recalls SNCC members at Howard University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Jose J. Mapily recalls the alumni of Howard University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Jose J. Mapily describes his studies at Howard University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Jose J. Mapily remembers his early career in architecture
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Jose J. Mapily remembers founding Turner Associates, PC
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Jose J. Mapily remembers working on the Logan Circle historic district in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Jose J. Mapily remembers designing mass transit systems
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Jose J. Mapily describes his challenges as an architect
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Jose J. Mapily describes the impact of computers on the architecture industry
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Jose J. Mapily describes the Charles Houston Community Center in Alexandria, Virginia
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Jose J. Mapily remembers building the Charles Houston Community Center
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Jose J. Mapily recalls his designs for the University of the District of Columbia, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Jose J. Mapily recalls his designs for the University of the District of Columbia, pt.2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Jose J. Mapily describes the courses he taught at Howard University
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Jose J. Mapily reflects upon his teaching experiences
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Jose J. Mapily describes his concerns for his students
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Jose J. Mapily describes his concerns about the educational system
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Jose J. Mapily talks about his architectural style
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Jose J. Mapily describes his architectural style
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Jose J. Mapily talks about his painting career
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Jose J. Mapily recalls his partnership with Leslie King-Hammond
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Jose J. Mapily talks about 'The Magic Birdhouse'
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Jose J. Mapily describes his other collaborations with Leslie King-Hammond
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Jose J. Mapily describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Jose J. Mapily reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Jose J. Mapily reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Jose J. Mapily describes his son
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Jose J. Mapily describes his concerns for the architecture industry
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Jose J. Mapily describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Jose J. Mapily narrates his photographs