#FutureArchitectFriday: Tequila Gregory
Hi readers! It’s #FutureArchitectFriday. A day to celebrate those pushing themselves to becoming licensed architects.
Syracuse, New York
Currently hold my AAS in Architectural Technology and continuing my education in Spring 2020.
How would you describe your experience as a Black Architecture student?
My experience was, I’m sure, like any other Black Architectural student. Always being the only person you see who looks like you. Even though I was the only Black Woman, and sometimes, only woman and only Black person, it didn’t discourage me to pursue a dream that I’ve had since a little girl. Where I got my degree, the Interior Design Program was intertwined with the Architecture Program so I was always assumed to be pursuing Interior Design and not Architecture which was always funny to me.
Why do you want to get your license?
I want to get my license so that I can create opportunities for myself as well as my community.
My biggest inspirations and influences have to be my older sister! She has made many sacrifices to complete her education with a Masters Degree. Also seeing Black Women in Architecture inspires me beyond belief! They remind me that my dreams are valid.
How important is representation?
Representation is super important! Before Social Media, I never saw Black Architects! In college you see faces in your peers and Professors that don’t look like yours and you learn about Architects who don’t look like you as well. We should learn about Beverly Hannah Jones as much as we learn about Frank Lloyd Wright.