Hi readers! It’s #FutureArchitectFriday. A day to celebrate those pushing themselves to becoming licensed architects.
Berlin, South Africa
Bachelor of Architectural Studies
How would you describe your experience as a Black Architecture student?
University was a hard time of trying to find my footing as a student within the field. Almost every week was fuelled with thoughts of quitting and doubting myself thanks to the infamous imposter syndrome. However, it got easier the more I surrounded myself with people who believed in me as I stopped trying so hard to fit in with the status quo. It’s been quite a journey.
Why do you want to get your license?
I am currently registered as a Candidate Architectural Technologist. I’m using the next few years for work experience then heading back to University to do my post graduate studies.
In South Africa, during the Apartheid era, the highest professions Black people were allowed to or most commonly pursued were within teaching, nursing, the police force or anything that was not regarded as a “white-only” profession. Fast forward to 25 years post Apartheid, many young Black professionals are pursuing titles our ancestors could only dream of claiming. Currently, less than a quarter of all registered Architects in the country are female, about way less than that percentage are Black females. Ethnic inclusion and diversity within the industry is a highly debated matter. Therefore, making my ancestors fight for my freedom today amount to excellence and greatness is the reason I aim to get registered as a professional Architect in the near future.
Dr Esther Mahlangu, the South African artist who broke barriers globally with her Ndebele heritage inspired art.
How important is representation?
Representation is not only for the current generation but for many more that follow. Having someone that you can relate to in a position or career that seems impossible to achieve in your current situation is all the hope you need to keep chasing those dreams.
“Life isn’t about finding yourself; it’s about creating yourself.”