In Loving Memory of Alumnus Tarlee W. Brown, AIA, AICP, NCARB


It is with our heavy hearts that the Tuskegee Architecture and Construction Alumni Association (TACAA) announces that we have lost one of our own. Tuskegee University alumnus Tarlee W. Brown. Mr. Brown passed on January 17, 2016. Mr. Brown was a past TACAA president and past TACAA officer.

Tarlee W. Brown was a native of Demopolis, Alabama and a graduate of Jones High School. He earned his degree, in architecture, from Tuskegee Institute (now Tuskegee University) in 1964. He was commissioned, as an officer, in the U.S. Air Force. During his years in the Air Force, Brown served as an architectural engineering officer and was award the Air Force Commendation Medal for directing a design and construction program in support of the military's build-up in South Korea. He later graduated from the Air Force Institute of Technology at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and returned to civilian life in 1969.

He enrolled at the University of Washington, located in Seattle, as a Martin Luther King, Jr. Fellow, funded by the Woodrow Wilson Foundation. Tarlee Brown would earn a Masters in both Urban Planning and Architecture from the University Washington in 1972. He was the first in UW's history to complete two master's degrees in less than two academic years with no double-counting of credits.

Brown would go on to have professional experiences including but, not limited to: work with the Planning Department for the City of Seattle, Gindele & Johnson Architects, Poughkeepsie, NY.

In 1972, he became manager of Architectural and Planning Services for the Atlanta regional office of Parsons Brinckerhoof. It was here where Brown was chief planner of the then new Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) rail construction project.

Atlanta Mayor Maynard Jackson appointed him to the Urban Design Commission in 1973. He became chairman of this commission in 1975 and undertook and completed the first comprehensive of Atlanta's historic sites.

In 1976, Brown a partnered with Herbert Millkey to form Millkey & Brown Associates, headquartered on Peachtree Street in downtown Atlanta. Millkey would pass in 1988.

He would design the Southeast Neighborhood Center (later renamed), the first solar-heated building in Georgia.

After the death of Millky Tarlee Brown would reorganize as Brown Design Group (BDG) and become the CEO/Senior Design Principal, which is still in business today..

Brown designed the Atlanta Auburn Avenue Research Library in 1994. In 1995, his firm would design the West 25th Street Station in Cleveland, Ohio which won a Design Transportation Merit Award from the National Endowment of the Arts and the U.S. Department of Transportation. His firm also did work for the 1996 Olympic Games held in Atlanta.

In 1980, Tarlee Brown received the "Tuskegee Institute Alumnus of the Year Award" for his support and service to the then Department of Architecture and Construction Science (now the Robert R. Taylor School of Architecture) and the Institute. Mr. Brown continued to support the architecture and construction science programs in many different ways. He hired a number of Tuskegee students as interns and Tuskegee graduates as full-time employees. He also joined with other alumni professionals during the re-accreditation processes of the Tuskegee architecture program.

Tarlee Brown's work can be seen directly on the Tuskegee University campus with very important research buildings: the Daniel "Chappie" James Center for Aerospace Science and Health Education (dedicated on May 10, 1987 by then President Ronald Reagan) and the Food Animal Production, Research and Service Center, which was renamed in 2002 to Williams-Bowie Hall.

Working diligently along with other officers of the association Tarlee Brown obtained TACAA's tax-exempt nonprofit organization category 501(c)(3) status. Even when no longer serving as a TACAA officer he continued to give his active support and advisement.

Tarlee Brown was a licensed architect in several states and was a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated, Gamma Phi Chapter.

We were blessed to have Tarlee Brown and his spirit will always live within the Tuskegee Architecture and Construction Alumni Association. View Bio and Homegoing Ceremony

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