#FutureArchitectFriday: Brandon O. Fennell
Hi readers! It’s #FutureArchitectFriday. A day to celebrate those pushing themselves to becoming licensed architects.
Brandon O. Fennell
Post Graduate Student
How would you describe your experience as a Black Architecture student?
So far my experience as a Black architecture student has been an eye opening experience. As a product of a school of architecture at a historically black university, the major contributions and innovation set forth by my predecessors was a major focus of my education, which instill a sense of pride and encouragement in me. Once I matriculated to a predominantly majority graduate program, I carried and expressed my pride in the accomplishments of black architects and incorporated it in my studies any way I could.
Why do you want to get your license?
African Americans only account for approximately 2% of registered architects. Aside from my passion for architecture and design, it is my duty to future black architect and architecture studies as well as to those who came before and experience adversity and inequality, to seal the deal and continue a legacy by obtaining my license.
Robert R. Taylor and Paul Revere Williams are my biggest influences in the field of architecture. Robert Robinson Taylor, is credited as the first registered African American Architect in the United States and was also called on by Booker T. Washington, the founding Principal of my Alma Mater The Illustrious Tuskegee University, to assist in the education of students and serve as the campus architect. Paul Revere Williams is known for being the first African American registered architect west of the Mississippi River and has a large portfolio of iconic buildings and homes that still stand today.
Most of all my family, community, and the black youth that will become the worlds most renowned architects are my biggest inspiration.
How important is representation?
Representation is imperative especially in the field of architecture where African Americans serves as the minority. I was not aware of the many prominent African American architects until I began my education at Tuskegee University. I believe having more exposure to more African American architects will continue to inspire out youth and encourage them to continue their education in architecture all the way through licensure.
“Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”