#FutureArchitectFriday: Chesney Henry

Hi readers! It’s #FutureArchitectFriday. A day to celebrate those pushing themselves to becoming licensed architects.


Chesney Henry


Christiansted, US Virgin Islands

Educational Status:

Bachelor of Architecture

How would you describe your experience as a Black Architecture student?

I’ve always been very aware of my existence as a black architecture student; I was the only one in my year after the 1st year and until 4th/5th year. I’ve yet to really analyze what impact that has had on me. However, about halfway through first year I realized how expensive it is to study architecture, from purchasing the required $600 of materials to start to the numerous additional purchases of materials. That’s when I pieced together this factor in the diversity gap and realized how fortunate I was to be able to pursue this.

Why do you want to get your license?

I want to get my license because having it would essentially complete my goal and validate that what I’ve been through was worth something greater. I don’t believe an architect is an architect without this license. I’d like to truly become an architect and design and sign off on buildings of my own.

Biggest inspiration/influence?

I am inspired by the beautiful architecture in the Caribbean because that’s what I’d like to create one day.

How important is representation?

It’s important that the architecture field reflects the actual world we live in. Different genders and races should be represented within the field to serve as inspiration and mentors.

Favorite quote/poem/song/etc.?

Favorite song is I know Who I am by Sinach.

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