The African American Museum is opening a new exhibition, “Chasing Perfection: The Work and Life of Architect John S. Chase.”

February 15, 2022 12:00 p.m. CST

Chase’s architecture firm hired diverse architects who worked on major projects in Texas and the Washington, D.C. area, including buildings and facilities at the University of Houston, Texas Southern University, the University of Texas and Hampton University, as well as numerous large churches, the Vietnam Memorial, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority headquarters and the George R. Brown Convention Center.

In a 1974 interview, Chase said of his team, I would like to say that I’ve got the biggest UN of architects in this town. My secretary is Mexican, I’ve got a man from Nigeria…we’ve got three blacks from Houston, we’ve got a white, and we’ve got William Kwan, who is Chinese and born in Hong Kong. So I tell you we’ve got some of everybody and have what I feel is the most amicable and a very well-working staff.