Mr. Gary Nelson

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I am a second-generation West Indian American originally from Hempstead, NY. and a graduate of Hampton University.

I received my desire and inspiration to make a difference in the built environment and become an architect through my sister and aunt who were physically disabled. My youth was experienced prior to the passage of the American with Disabilities Act, as a result, accessibility with dignity for the physically disabled was not evident in most buildings. In the 6th grade I read the book “So You Want to Be An Architect”. Despite the challenges of the profession and obstacles of discrimination, my career journey towards that goal never wavered.

 I am the proud husband of an Air Force veteran and dad of a son and daughter.

 My professional passion is to bring to reality community-based projects that will enhance the civic, social, leisure and athletic lifestyles of citizens and to mentor future design and construction professionals of the industry.


In 2017 I led the inception of Arizona’s chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects, a multicultural organization committed to mentoring future generations and increasing the representation of minorities and women as architects and other design related professionals.