#FutureArchitectFriday: Demar Matthews
Hi readers! It’s #FutureArchitectFriday. A day to celebrate those pushing themselves to becoming licensed architects.
How would you describe your experience as a Black Architecture student?
Why do you want to get your license?
I think it is important to get my license for a few reasons. First, I want the creative freedom to be able work on any project that means something to me. I plan on opening my own firm in the future and I don’t want not having a license to ever be a barrier that stops me from achieving any goal I have for myself. Lastly, I feel a sense of responsibility to get licensed because in 2019, African Americans still only account for 2% of the licensed architects in the U.S.
Paul Williams is a huge inspiration for me. When I think about my struggles and adversities faced in academia and the professional world, and compare them to Paul Williams, I have to humble myself. In terms of influence I would definitely say Anthony Morey is one of my biggest influences. He taught me to not solely focus on architecture while in school, but to look at art, psychology, and my own experiences when approaching a project. He also has influenced me to not be afraid to be bold.
How important is representation?
I think representation is of extreme importance. To represent something/someone is to be a voice for it/them. That is not something to be taken lightly.
“City council meetin’, they got Hussle speakin’ / Billion-dollar project bout to crack the cement / So, one of our investments had become strategic / Summer oh ’18, man it’s such a season / ‘Bout to make more partners look like f**kin’ geniuses / We was in the Regal, it was me and Steven / We done took a dream and turned it to a zenith / Anything I want and everything I needed / Gotta pace yourself, it’s all about yo’ breathin’ / You can have it all, it’s all about your reason / I done took my name and carved it in the cement” Nipsey Hussle