#MentorMonday: Benjamin Patterson
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: Benjamin R. Patterson
Hometown: Waugh, AL
What/who sparked your interest in Architecture and when?
When I was younger, my mom would constantly travel to Atlanta to visit family and friends. I would be in awe riding through the city looking at the detail in buildings.
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’m still pursuing my license. The first time I took an exam and failed, it made me question everything I thought I knew. It allowed me to think 5 steps ahead instead of only what’s in front of me.
How important is representation?
Representation is paramount in this profession for African Americans. Seeing another empowers one to take risk and find opportunities to showcase their value when they didn’t think they could. I’ve been able to see several African Americans take tremendous leaps in the industry recently and it’s inspired me to do the same.