#FutureArchitectFriday: TraShanna Shelton
Hi readers! It’s #FutureArchitectFriday. A day to celebrate those pushing themselves to becoming licensed architects.
Second Year Architecture Student
How would you describe your experience as a Black Architecture student?
Why do you want to get your license?
To have the ability to create lasting change for POC and the environment. With my license I can guarantee that my efforts will go to providing buildings that are not only affordable but also good for the planet. Being a role model for the next generation that things can and do change if you are willing to put in the work needed.
My biggest influence is my mother, a single mother of three very strong girls with complete different personalities. She gave us everything we needed and then some. we did not want for anything. She gave us the ability to try new things and fail on our own,which I think is very important. She has shown me that a lot determination and a little bit of stubbornness can set you on a track to gain the things you really want in life. She has never been anything but supportive in all my endeavors. She is my biggest fan and constantly reminds me of that.
How important is representation?
Representation has always been important, I feel it is needed now more than ever. In a society where everything is digital and information is at your fingertips representation needs to be in your reach. Now is the time where our little brown boys and girls need to see themselves in ways that are positive and encouraging. Showing them they can be other things besides doctors, lawyers, athletes, or entertainers.
Book: “You Are A Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life” by Jen Sincero