#MentorMonday: Gisla Bush

Welcome to #MentorMonday! Mondays are dedicated to celebrating Black LICENSED Architects, Designers, and individuals in the profession of Architecture!

The questions asked to these individuals are to allow us into their lives and to be used as an inspiration. I hope you all enjoy this series.

Name: Gisla Bush

Hometown: West Park, FL

What/who sparked your interest in Architecture and when?

My mother sparked my interest in architecture when I was about 12 years old. She went to architecture school at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University. However, I was unable to get into architecture school, so I picked the next best thing – Urban Design.

What does it mean to be a black architect to you? Do you feel that you have more responsibility?

Being a black urban planner means a lot to me. I feel as if I have more responsibility to my people especially as it relates to designing spaces and places for those like myself.

What are some obstacles you’ve experienced or currently experiencing as a black architect/designer?

One of the major obstacles that I am experiencing is assimilation in the field even more specifically because I am a double minority being both black and a female as well as the fact that I am young.

Should we ignore race in this profession?

No, we should not ignore race in this profession.

If you could give advice to a black student in Architecture school right now, what would it be?

I would tell them to start getting internships and experience out in the field as soon as they can. Work experience is very important coming straight out of school.

Describe a moment you were at your lowest on your pursuit to licensure and how did you overcome it?


How important is representation?

Representation is very important in the field of architecture and planning because who better is it to design cities and buildings for those in our neighborhoods than us?

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