About James Silcott

James E. Silcott, AIA, is a Commissioner of the Los Angeles California Area Planning Commission, first appointed by Mayor Tom Bradley. He attended Howard University School of Architecture and graduated in 1957. He began his career in Boston, Massachusetts and later joined Gruen Associates in Los Angeles where he worked with such notables as Frank Ghery and Norma Skelerk.

The first African American project architect for Los Angeles County and the University of California, he retired in 1985 to manage his real estate holdings. Some of his architectural projects are: Martin Luther King Hospital, Inglewood Courts Building, Jules Stein Eye Clinic at UCLA, UCLA Boat House at the Marina Del Rey, and the first medical school at The University of California at Irvine. He is also a Board Member of the Kennard Design Group, the largest black-owned architectural firm west of the Mississippi. He is a board member of the Mayme Clayton Library and Museum.

In 2003, he received the Kresge Coca-Cola Award for philanthropy to historically Black colleges and universities. He was the Howard Mackey lecturer when HU celebrated 95 years of Architecture. This year, he received the Centennial Professional Excellence Award from the HU School of Architecture as it celebrated 100 years of Architecture.  He has donated more than $2.370 million to Howard University.  He established the First Funds Program for students of architecture and the first Endowed Chair in the School of Architecture.

Mr. Silcott is licensed to practice architecture in California, Massachusetts, and the District of Columbia.  He has served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army in Korea.