#FutureArchitectFriday: Mustapha Williams

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

Name:

Mustapha Williams

 

Hometown:

Nashville, TN

 

Educational Status:

Professional Bachelor of Architecture from Univ of Tenn-Knoxville

 

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

In a class of only a few black architecture students I pursued my own path to educational success. There were no professors that looked like me, but I was fortunate enough to have mentors outside of the university and great professors that combined helped me to succeed to where I am today. 

Why do you want to get your license?

In order to have the maximum impact on the built environment I believe that I need to obtain my architectural license. This way I hope to have the leverage and opportunities to do great and effective work throughout my career. 

 

Biggest inspiration/influence?

Black designers giving back to their people – designing spaces that work for them, not against them. 

 

How important is representation?

Representation leads to diversity in work, diversity in communities served, and diversity in design solutions. If we only have people of a certain background designing for everyone ideas can become stagnant.

 

Favorite quote/poem/song/etc.?

“Equality must be won — by every generation — because it will never be freely granted” – Charles Blow

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