FutureArchitectFriday: Kemet Floyd
Hi readers! It’s #FutureArchitectFriday. A day to celebrate those pushing themselves to becoming licensed architects.
Kemet Charles Taizon Floyd
Born and raised in Dayton, OH
Recent graduate of Kent State University with B.S. Architecture and Minor in Sustainability
How would you describe your experience as a Black Architecture student?
My experience as a black architecture student was both rewarding and challenging. Being a minority in such an industry results in having limited resources compared to other colleagues. I really had to exercise ingenuity in order to succeed which taught me how to design more sustainably due to lack of materials. It challenged the way I thought but during critique would separate me amongst other classmates who had everything they needed. Some critics would also try to undermine my intelligence or designs even when they liked them. As if I wasn’t worthy of producing such a product. Also as a black student in architecture I would be faced with challenges with our own people in thoughts of everything being a competition. We have to collaborate with each other more. This country has put in tremendous efforts to divide our people. In the industry of architecture collaboration is critical in order for sustainable development. We must stop seeing each other as competitors and embrace the sharing of knowledge. The rewarding aspect of being a black student in this field is the element of surprise we have. Our authenticity brought to the table is what makes us unique and I have been blessed to meet so many wonderful people whom I aspire to work with.
Why do you want to get your license?
I want to get my license in order to provide opportunity for underdeveloped communities to succeed. Aspiring to start my own practice, I want my firm to help those who drive to simply design and communicate. It’s more than buildings people have aspirations of their own in the field and I pray to be able to help everyone on my team achieve these goals. There are too many firms that just use us and our skillset to fit a minority curve to obtain projects or just as cheap laborers you can dump whenever no longer needed. It’s time we make a change.
My biggest inspirations are my parents. They have been working very hard to provide and I plan to return the favor. Neither are in the field but opened doors which led my creativity to my chosen career path today and I am forever grateful.
How important is representation?
Representation in this industry is critical. Today with social media people can easily access your work and social life and this can be an excellent tool to receive more opportunities if it’s used responsibly. Especially today, I believe it is essential to have some representation out there that helps boost your opportunities for success and collaboration.
Favorite poem is “Don’t Quit” by Edgar Albert Guest