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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Architect

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue, Green
Favorite Food:
Macaroni, Cheese
Favorite Time of Year:
None
Favorite Vacation Spot:
South America
Favorite Quote:
You're as good as you want to be and nothing is impossible if you want it.

Birthplace

Born:
4/27/1927
Birth Location:
East Chicago, Indiana

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Architect

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue, Green
Favorite Food:
Macaroni, Cheese
Favorite Time of Year:
None
Favorite Vacation Spot:
South America
Favorite Quote:
You're as good as you want to be and nothing is impossible if you want it.

Birthplace

Born:
4/27/1927
Birth Location:
East Chicago
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Biography

Wendell Campbell was born on April 27, 1927 in East Chicago, Indiana. Three months after he graduated from high school as a National Honor Society scholar, he was drafted into the U.S. Army. Campbell eventually received his B.A. in Architecture and City Planning at the Illinois Institute of Technology, where he was offered a full-tuition scholarship from Commonwealth Edison, in 1957.

He worked as an architect from 1956 until 1966, when he became president of Campbell & Mascai architectural/urban planning company. In 1966, he became the CEO of Wendell Campbell Associates, Inc., which has since changed its name to Campbell Tiu Campbell to reflect the contributions of partners Domingo Tiu and Campbell's daughter Susan. Noted projects for the firm include: the DuSable Museum of African American History, the McCormick Place Expansion, King Drive Gateway, redevelopment plans for the City of New Orleans and the new Bronzeville Military Academy.

Campbell was a founder and the first president of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA), founded in 1971. He served on the Board of Directors for the Illinois Chapter of NOMA, the Cosmopolitan Chamber of Commerce, the Mercy Hospital and Medical Center, the Black Ensemble Theater, the Chicago Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, the Chicago Architectural Assistance Center, and the South Side YMCA. He was also a member of the City of Chicago Capital Improvement Advisory Council and the City of Chicago Committee on Standards and Tests.

Campbell was dedicated to improving the quality of affordable housing in metropolitan centers through the design of "Smart Homes," housing that brings 21st century technology to the varied needs of today's urban families.

Campbell married June Crusor Campbell in 1954. They lived in Chicago and had two daughters, Susan Campbell Smith and Leslie Campbell.

Campbell passed away on July 16, 2008 at age 81.





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Wendell Campbell was born on April 27, 1927, in East Chicago, Indiana. Campbell received his B.A. in architecture and city planning at the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1957. In 1966, he became the CEO of Wendell Campbell Associates, which since changed its name to Campbell Tiu Campbell to reflect the contributions of partners Domingo Tiu and Campbell's daughter, Susan. Campbell was a founder and the first president of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA), founded in 1971. He has served on various boards of directors and has had numerous professional and civic affiliations. Campbell is dedicated to improving the quality of affordable housing in metropolitan centers through the design of "smart homes," housing that brings twenty-first-century technology to the varied needs of today's urban families. Campbell married June Crusor Campbell in 1954. They have two daughters, Susan Campbell Smith and Leslie Campbell.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Wendell Campbell's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Wendell Campbell lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Wendell Campbell talks about his mother, Selma Campbell
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Wendell Campbell talks about his grandmother's rooming house in East Indiana, Chicago
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Wendell Campbell talks about his great-great grandmother, who was President Howard Taft's cook
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Wendell Campbell describes his father, Herman Campbell
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Wendell Campbell talks about his siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Wendell Campbell talks about his parents' siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Wendell Campbell talks about his grandmother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Wendell Campbell talks about his first experience with racial discrimination
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Wendell Campbell talks about picketing a theater in East Chicago, Indiana to protest unlawful discrimination
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Wendell Campbell describes his experience of segregation in high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Wendell Campbell talks about teaching woodshop classes as a high school student
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Wendell Campbell talks about his first job at an architecture firm
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Wendell Campbell talks about working on urban renewal in East Chicago, Indiana and the start of his business, Wendell Campbell Associates
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Wendell Campbell describes influential elementary school teachers
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Wendell Campbell describes how he realized the need for black urban planners during his freshman year at the Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Wendell Campbell talks about World War II as a means of advancement for African Americans
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Wendell Campbell about membership restrictions in the American Institute of Architects (AIA) that affected his ability to win contracts
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Wendell Campbell talks about his design of St. Mark A.M.E. Zion Church in East Chicago, Indiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Wendell Campbell talks about a negative experience with a church that was reversed
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Wendell Campbell talks about how he met his wife, June Campbell
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Wendell Campbell talks about his daughters and grandchildren
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Wendell Campbell narrates his photographs
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Wendell Campbell's architectural work, pt.1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Wendell Campbell's architectural work, pt.2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Wendell Campbell's architectural work, pt.3
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Wendell Campbell's photographs
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Wendell Campbell talks about his career and his company, Campbell Tiu Campbell
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Wendell Campbell describes the influence of Mies van der Rohe and Ludwig Hilberseimer on his design concept
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Wendell Campbell describes his design of a building for senior citizens in East Chicago, Indiana
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Wendell Campbell talks about protesting racial discrimination
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Wendell Campbell talks about his work on city and government projects
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Wendell Campbell talks about construction bonds and problem solving
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Wendell Campbell talks about his daughter, Susan Campbell, who became vice president of Campbell Tiu Campbell
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Wendell Campbell talks about his high rate of client referrals
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Wendell Campbell talks about his work for the City of Chicago including Farragut High School, the Public Building Commission, King Drive Gateway, and McCormick Place
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Wendell Campbell talks about working with Mayor Harold Washington
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Wendell Campbell describes his work in Gary, Indiana with Mayor Richard G. Hatcher
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Wendell Campbell talks about his business philosophy and building schools in Gary, Indiana
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Wendell Campbell talks about his role in the creation and leadership of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA)
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Wendell Campbell talks about well-known African American architects like Marshall Purnell, Paul Devrouax, Harold Williams, Paul Williams, and HistoryMaker John Chase
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Wendell Campbell talks about integrating technological advances at his firm
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Wendell Campbell talks about the Smart Homes in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Wendell Campbell talks about placing computers in Smart Homes
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Wendell Campbell talks about creating jobs in the community through Smart Homes
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Wendell Campbell describes adapting Smart Homes for multi-family use
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Wendell Campbell talks about duplicating the Smart Homes model
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Wendell Campbell about the adaptability of Smart Homes
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Wendell Campbell talks about how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Wendell Campbell talks about a current project
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Wendell Campbell reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Wendell Campbell shares his dreams for the next generation of architects
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Wendell Campbell talks about his wife, June Campbell
  • Tape: 7 Story: 10 - Wendell Campbell describes how he met his wife, June Campbell