#FutureArchitectFriday: Alisonya Poole

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


Alisonya Poole



Leesburg, VA


Educational Status:

I received my Master of Architecture from Hampton University in 2015. I am currently attending the University of North Carolina Charlotte for a Master of Urban Design (2019-2020) and a Master of Arts in Geography (2019-2022).


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

Invigorating and sometimes arduous.

Why do you want to get your license?

Knowledge is power.


Biggest inspiration/influence?

Nature and Earth are my greatest inspirations and influences. Every day I see the impact people have on this world. I want my impact to be beneficial and meaningful. Designers advocate for change and diversity in design, but neglect addressing the impact every design has on our Earth and our environment. I am a Lorax. I speak for the trees. As a designer, I want to influence others to also become advocates for our climate, our Earth, and our environment. We can improve how we design. We can improve the impact we have on this world.

How important is representation?

Black men and women designers, urban planners, architects, engineers, (etc.) shouldn’t be an oddity. Mentors that look like you and I should be abundant throughout all spectrum’s of design. Our influence and contribution should trickle down to younger generations. We should represent all, and many, positions in design.  

Favorite quote/poem/song/etc.?

My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” – Maya Angelou

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