#MentorMonday: Nancy Ivey Gates
Welcome to #MentorMonday! Mondays are dedicated to celebrating Black LICENSED Architects, Designers, and individuals in the profession of Architecture!
The questions asked to these individuals are to allow us into their lives and to be used as an inspiration. I hope you all enjoy this series.
Name: Nancy Ivey Gates
Hometown: There’s a few: Moreno Valley, CA and Macon, GA
What/who sparked your interest in Architecture and when?
It was around middle school age I met a black female architect at church who became my inspiration. She and her family are apart of my life today.
What does it mean to be a black architect/ urban designer to you? Do you feel that you have more responsibility?
What are some obstacles you’ve experienced or currently experiencing as a black architect/ urban designer?
Should we ignore race in this profession?
If you could give advice to a black student in Architecture /Urban Planning school right now, what would it be?
Describe a moment you were at your lowest on your pursuit to licensure and how did you overcome it?
I am not licensed. I’ve considered it and although there is some benefit to passing the NCIDQ or obtaining a CID in California, I chose not to do so.
How important is representation?
Representation matters. As a black female Architectural Interior Designer, I have a responsibility to show up, be seen, be heard. I came into this field because I saw and met a black woman architect.