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Paul Devrouax, pioneering Washington, D.C. architect, dies

Paul S. Devrouax, FAIA, 67, founding principal of Devrouax and Purnell in Washington, D.C., died on 22 March at his Washington home.

A memorial service was held Monday at the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. In 1978, Devrouax founded firm with Marshall Purnell, FAIA, and the business became one of the city’s largest black-owned architecture firms. His imprint could be found throughout the D.C. metro area and among the firm’s most well known projects are Walter E. Washington Convention Center and the Pepco building (now called the Verizon Center), both in Washington, and the Freddie Mac headquarters in McLean, Va. Along with HOK Sport of Kansas City, Devrouax & Purnell designed Washington's Nationals Park, which opened in 2008. Recently, the firm designed the state-of-the-art TECH Center at Temple University in Philadelphia.

Devrouax, who earned his bachelor’s degree in architecture from Southern University, was a past president of the National Organization of Minority Architects.

He is survived by his wife, Brenda Stallworth Devrouax; daughter, Lesley Stallworth Devrouax; and brothers, Edward Devrouax and D. Charles Devrouax.

Jennifer Potash
News Editor

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