#FutureArchitectFriday: Paul Bamson

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

Name:

Paul Bamson

 

Hometown:

Abuja, Nigeria

 

Educational Status:

BARCH ’16 and MLA ’18 

 

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

It was challenging for me because architecture wasn’t something I was exposed to growing up as I didn’t know any architects. It came about due to a passion for math and art and wanting to combine them in a profession. I quickly realized that architecture was much more than just to combination of math and art and expanding my mindset for this level of creative and critical thinking proved difficult at first. It’s funny what can become second nature once you are sufficiently exposed to it.

Why do you want to get your license?

I want to get licensed not only because it provides increased salary, a higher level of credibility, and the title of architect but also because it will allow me to establish a practice in the future where I take what I’ve learned to my home country of Nigeria to make a positive impact.

 

Biggest inspiration/influence?

My biggest influences are five men making a massive impact on the future of design and engineering innovation and business thinking. My father, for being a stable rock and foundation in my live, Bjarke Ingels, for proving that you are never to young to make an impact in the world of architecture, David Adjaye, for bringing elegant and majestic architecture to all, Elon Musk, for single handedly jump starting the sustainable energy revolution, and Gary Vaynerchuk, for making hustling for your dreams while remaining self aware and kind cool again. What each of these men have been able to do in such a short period of time is truly inspiring and I am hoping to follow suit!

 

How important is representation?

Representation is critical! If you see someone that looks like you doing it, that means that you can do it to. When Black Panther was released in 2018, we all got to see the impact a black superhero elevated to the level of Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor could have on the black community. There is a reason it shattered viewership records and compelled me to see it five different times in theaters. Like I mentioned earlier, I wish I was exposed to more black architects, visual artists, and designers growing up. That’s definitely changing now and I intend to be as visible as possible to be a source of inspiration for the next generation of black innovators.

 

Favorite quote/poem/song/etc.?

“We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.” Winston Churchill

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