Noir Design Parti is contributing to Detroit’s design history by researching and documenting how African American architects have helped to shape the Detroit’s physical identity.

Noir Design Parti

Noir Design Parti, a Knight Arts challenge winner, is a project designed to research and tell the stories of the professional journeys and creative works of Detroit’s Black Architects.


Noir Design Parti

Noir Design Parti is a project that researches the history and collects artifacts detailing the contributions of African American architects. In 2016, Noir Design Parti became a Knight Arts challenge winner of a matching grant to document and tell the story of black architects, their influence on design, and how their buildings have helped to shape the physical identity of Detroit and the building community in general. Through bus tours, social media posts, speaking engagements, a website, and a book titled “Little and Burton the Architect,” designer/business owners hope to increase awareness and inspire future generations of minorities to consider architecture as a potential career choice in their future.

Saundra Little
Founding Partner
440 Burroughs Street #360, Detroit, Michigan 48202