#FutureArchitectFriday: Eric A. Knowles, Assoc. AIA, NOMA, M.UP, B.ARCH, LEED Green Assoc.

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

Name:

Eric Knowles

Hometown:

Staten Island, NY / St. John’s, Antigua and Barbuda 

Educational Status:

Graduate Degree. [Contemplating Post Grad.]

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

It was unique and challenging. I was one of only a handful of students of color in my graduating class. It was blatantly clear to see that the representation of students of color was extremely low. This disparity served as motivation to be better. However, I greatly appreciated the varied backgrounds and experiences of my comrades. 

Why do you want to get your license?

The title ‘Architect’ carries some serious weight. Beyond the social status and the possible increase in income, the attainment of licensure is the first stepping stone in one’s own independence. 

How important is representation?

When we have representation, diversity, and inclusion within the design profession, we design better projects. The formulation of a ‘melting pot’ of designers, from differing backgrounds, can only lead to the exploration of unique perspectives, visions, and ideas. Ultimately the hope is to find an outcome that is both inclusive and beautiful.

Favorite quote/poem/song/etc.?

Whatever good things we build; end up building us. -Jim Rohn

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