Proby served on the California State Board of Architectural Examiners for eight years
Architect Vincent J. Proby was born in Wichita, Texas in 1928. Proby, as a child, moved to Los Angeles where he attended public school before majoring in architecture at the University of Southern California.
Proby helped design many prominent buildings in Los Angeles before starting his own firm.
One of his most notable projects is the iconic 44,000-square-foot California African American Museum (CAAM), designed alongside African American architect Jack W. Haywood.
CAAM is in Exposition Park, south of downtown Los Angeles. The facility is home to prominent exhibit galleries, sculpture court, historical artifacts and memorabilia that represent the contributions of African Americans.
His work also includes buildings on the campus of UCLA, Los Angeles City College, and the design of the A C Bilbrew Public Library in Los Angeles, completed in 1974. Proby is credited with designing the mosaic-like cement, stained glass artwork located in the entrance foyer of the building.
Proby was appointed to the California State Board of Architectural Examiners in 1978 (later renamed the California Architects Board) and served on the Board for eight years. He served as Secretary, Vice President, and President. He died at the age of 59 in 1987.
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