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Harvey B. Gantt, FAIA

Harvey B. Gantt, FAIA

Harvey B. Gantt, FAIA

In 1963 Harvey Gantt became the first African-American student to enroll at Clemson University. He earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Clemson with honors in 1965, and in 1970, he received a Master of City Planning degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Throughout his career, Harvey’s ties with academia have remained strong. He has been a visiting lecturer at a number of prestigious institutions, including Clemson, where he was awarded an honorary doctorate in 2012.

Harvey Gantt entered politics in 1974 and was elected to the Charlotte, N.C. City Council, where he served until 1983. He was then elected to two terms as Charlotte’s first African-American Mayor. In the 1990’s, he ran twice for the U.S. Senate against Jesse Helms.

In 1995 President Bill Clinton appointed Harvey Gantt Chairman of the National Capital Planning Commission, on which he served until 2000.

In 2000, Clemson’s multicultural affairs center was named for Gantt and his wife Lucinda, who also attended Clemson. The Harvey and Lucinda Gantt Multicultural Center is committed to creating diverse learning environments that foster the holistic development of all Clemson students.

In 2013, Gantt received the Whitney Young Jr. Award from the American Institute of Architects for his leadership as an agent of social change, as a noted civil rights pioneer, public servant and award-winning architect.

“We believe there has been no other AIA member who has contributed more to the social fabric of our society throughout his lifetime than Harvey Gantt,” wrote his nominators. “He has literally opened doors, provided opportunity, and personally mentored generations of design professionals and civic leaders through his life’s work.”

Harvey and Lucinda Gantt are the proud parents of four children.