James E. Silcott is a
philanthropic crusader and was one of the first African-American
project architects for Los Angeles County and the University of
California. He served as project architect for the first medical
school at the University of California - Irvine, completing the
Basic and Clinical Sciences buildings in 1968. He was also the
project architect at the Jules Stein Eye Clinic at the
nationally acclaimed UCLA Medical Center.
Retired in 1984 to
manage his broad real estate holdings, Mr. Silcott devotes much
of his time and efforts to an array of public services.
Presently, he is a board member for the Kennard Design Group,
the largest black architectural firm west of the Mississippi. An
outstanding Los Angeles area planning commissioner, former Los
Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan appointed Mr. Silcott to the
Zoning Appeals Board and to the South Los Angeles Area Planning
Commission. He is also an active member of the National Council
of Architectural Boards and the Los Angeles Park Mile Board.
Mr. Silcott was
highlighted in the April 2001 Black Enterprise magazine
for funding a $1 million scholarship fund at Alma Mater. Through
this investment portfolio, Mr. Silcott seeks to give budding
architects a head start in their careers. A 1957 graduate of the
School of Architecture, Mr. Silcott also created the James. E.
Silcott Fund to provide financial assistance to Howard
architectural students. Through personal and outside donations,
the fund has grown to over $200,000.
According to Mr.
Silcott, “I think that the least one can do is remember one’s
alma mater. Alma mater is Latin for 'nourishing mother,' and if
your mother nourished you and you have become successful, you
should ‘give back’ so she may nourish others." This philosophy
has inspired Mr. Silcott’s charitable zeal and wisdom to ‘give
back’ to his alma mater and to help further the education of
students in historically black colleges and universities.
Born in Boston,
Massachusetts, Mr. Silcott resides in Los Angeles.