Anzilla Gilmore has been a Director on the Board for Fort Bend County Municipal Utility District No. 23 since 2009 and currently serves as Vice President to the Board of Directors. She is civic- and community-focused, and works with the growth and betterment of the District neighborhoods in mind.
Anzilla began her career as a student intern in the Physical Plant at PVAMU, then went on to work as a student intern at HOK in Dallas while studying at the University of Texas at Arlington’s Graduate School of Architecture. She became a registered architect in 2004, becoming the first female African American registered architect in the city of Houston, and the fifth in the State of Texas. Anzilla has spent most of her career working as an owner’s representative in Higher Education; first at the University of Houston, then currently at Rice University where she is the Assistant Director for Project Management and Engineering and the Diversity and Inclusion Program Director.
Anzilla’s passion for architecture manifests itself through service. She has dedicated herself to professional mentorship, community outreach and professional service through leadership in professional organizations for 20 years. She has been an active member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) since 1999. Additionally, Anzilla is a Lifetime member of the PVAMU National Alumni Association.
Further, Anzilla has served as/on:
- National membership chair for the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) for eight years, sits on the National NOMA finance committee and is an advisor to the NOMA conference committee
- Established the first NOMA chapter in Houston in 2005; she was HNOMA chapter’s first president and has served in a number of different capacities within the chapter over the years, currently serving as treasurer
- AIA’s National Ethics Council from 2014-2019 and served as the chair of the Council in 2019
- Director on the first board of the Architects Foundation (AF), the philanthropic arm of the AIA, leading the rebranding of the AF Diversity Advancement Scholarship and founding and launching the AF’s diversity scholars mentorship program
Anzilla was elevated to the AIA College of Fellows in February 2019, one of the highest honors that can be bestowed upon a member, making her the 18th African American woman in the country to receive this honor in the college’s history, third in the state of Texas and the first in Houston.