Antoine Bryant, NOMA, associate AIA, APA, is a thought leader and community engagement expert with 20 years of experience in the design, development, engagement, and empowerment of underserved communities across the U.S. He is the principal of The Bryant Design Group based in Houston, Texas.
Bryant's work in affordable housing acquisition, rehabilitation, development, and construction in Houston has been recognized nationwide. He served as the engagement lead for the Fourth Ward study, providing recommendations for the Fourth Ward area of Houston, completed in 2010. Beginning in 2012, he led engagement and capacity-building efforts in Houston's Third Ward and Old Spanish Trail/South Union neighborhoods as stakeholder affairs representative for the construction of Houston's METRO Light Rail Southeast Line. Additionally, Bryant served as executive director of Row House Community Development Corporation where he managed and directed the construction of the award-winning Row House Duplexes — the newest quality affordable housing to be built in Houston's northern Third Ward in more than 15 years. In the summer of 2016, Bryant was the public engagement lead for the APA's nationally recognized Community Planning Action Team on its first international study in Belize City, Belize. Previously, he was the engagement lead for the Livable Centers Study for Independence Heights and the Greater Northside Management District of Houston.
In his practice, Bryant focuses his efforts on effective and inclusive processes of design and development. A key building block in this work is the empowerment of local residents and engaging communities. Bryant has utilized his background in planning and design to ensure that residents and stakeholders play an integral role in the further development of their communities. This inclusive process allows for the implementation of vernacular architectural cues, as well as the opportunity to employ newer building techniques and systems — all with the input of the historical inhabitants of these neighborhoods.
In addition to his practice, Bryant has a significant role in the growth of the city as a member of Houston's Planning Commission. His work includes efforts to empower disenfranchised indigenous populations in order to ensure that they have a deliberate voice in the improvement and growth of their community. Significant infrastructure enhancements have resulted from this, as well as new partnerships between these populations and elected officials and staff in city and regional government in and around Houston.
Bryant has been a featured speaker at Structures for Inclusion, a national community design conference; and at the National Organization of Minority Architects International Exposition. He has been a frequent panelist for the Urban Land Institute's Urban Marketplace, and at the Planning and the Black Community Division of the APA. Bryant earned a B.S. in urban and regional studies from Cornell, with architectural training at the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture.