#FutureArchitectFriday: Damaris Jemmott

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

Name:

Damaris Jemmott

Hometown:

Born in Dallas Texas, raised in Jamaica, Queens, New York City

Educational Status:

Bachelor of Architecture from Howard University, Class of 2016

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

Most of what I gained from my experience at Howard University revolves around the fact that I wasn’t the “tall black girl” that I’d been known as in other environments. I was simply Damaris. Our program was small enough that we were very close-knit. My Professors were knowledgeable and experienced in their respective areas of study and served as great mentors. There were plenty of opportunities to nurture my scholastic side and my blackness and I was surrounded by love from all angles. 10/10 would recommend to a friend.

Why do you want to get your license?

I take this very seriously as a profession and becoming licensed will be a major milestone of my career. I’ve been on the path to becoming an architect for quite some time. Because of this, as I grow professionally and personally, architecture becomes more and more a part of who I am. I am an architect (in my head at least, for now!) and this will only become more true as time goes on.

Biggest inspiration/influence?

I am constantly inspired by people (famous and non-famous) who take pride in their work and are good at what they do, in any industry. Architecturally, I am inspired by Zaha Hadid as a woman, designer, and generally fearless individual.

How important is representation?

Representation is everything in today’s sociopolitical climate. However, I want to shift emphasis on representation within people of influence to representation within people of power. Black people have always been cool but we are also intelligent and capable and it is important that we are able to take care of each other in every capacity, not just as idols.

Favorite quote/poem/song/etc.?

My favorite quote song is “Cleva” by Erykah Badu. The essence of the song is encouraging a confidence from within that does not come from any external resource (physical, financial, etc.). “I got a little pot in my belly. And nowadays my figure ain’t so fly. My dress ain’t cost nothing but $7 but I made it fly, I’ll tell you why. Because I’m clever.” Believing in the words of this song are the key to happiness and success. If you are alright with yourself and able to make the most of what you have, there is little that can stop you from doing anything you want.

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