4 Black Architects To Design New Pavilion At Camp North End

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Officials say four Black architects have been picked to design the skins of a new retail pavilion at Camp North End after entering a design competition held by ATCO.

Officials with ATCO Properties & Management, developers of Camp North End, say this project is one of many in attempts to transform the former 76-acre industrial site into a creative gathering place.

Winning architects include:

  1. Hasheem Halim, general manager of creative workshop Saturn Atelier, LLC.
  2. Aleah Pullen, a recent UNC Charlotte graduate and an architectural designer at Apogee Consulting Group.
  3. Melanie Reddrick, AIA, NCIDQ, project architect with Charlotte-based firm Little Diversified Architectural Consulting
  4. Marcus R. Thomas, AIA, NCARB, managing principal at community-based design firm KEi Architects.

Similar to Keswick, the most recent retail addition, officials say architects will be responsible for designing four of seven new pavilions that will hold small businesses, and food and beverage services.

“By recognizing these talented professionals and shining a light on their innovative designs, we hope to elevate the important work of Black architects in Charlotte and create more equity in the design process as well.” said Damon Hemmerdinger, co-president of ATCO.

ATCO officials say they opened the contest to any young Black architects in the Charlotte area back in November, and say since then they have received 24 portfolio submissions

Out of the 24, ten people were chosen to create their design proposals for Camp North End and the finalists were awarded $1,000 each, officials say.

The final four winners also received an additional $2,000.

Aleah Pullen says “I appreciate Camp North End bringing diversity to the architecture world, especially in Charlotte. There’s a very small number of Black architects – anywhere – so the fact that this contest specifically asked for them appealed to me…To know that my ideas are valuable and practical and someone is willing to pay for them – it’s like wow, maybe I’m on the right track. This is what I’m supposed to be doing.” 

Click here to learn more about Phase II of Camp North End renovation plans.