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Obits: Norma Merrick Sklarek

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The LA Times reports that Norma Merrick Sklarek, the first black woman in the US to be licensed as an architect, has died at 85. Sklarek worked at Brentwood-based Gruen Associates for two decades starting in 1960, and later at Santa Monica-based Welton Becket Associates and the Venice-based Jerde Partnership. One of her most high-profile projects was Terminal 1 at LAX, finished in 1984. She passed the New York state architecture exam in 1954; she was also the first black woman to be licensed in California, in 1962, and to become a fellow of the American Institute of Architects, in 1966. [LAT, image via]

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