#FutureArchitectFriday: JaLin Harrington

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

Name: JaLin Harrington

Hometown: Miami, FL

Educational Status: B.S. Architectural Studies via FAMU

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

My experience as an architecture student in undergrad was eye opening. Going into school I thought of architecture as just making good looking buildings and being done with it. Although I’m sure a lot of professionals in the industry would love for that to be it, I am glad it turned out to be more. Instead of creating buildings, we as architects are in the position to create experiences. This epiphany, if you will, motivated me and created a deeper passion than I ever thought possible.

 Why do you want to get your licensed?

I want to get my license for that very reason. I want to create experiences and leave my mark on a world that will be here long after I’m not.

Biggest inspiration/influence?

My inspiration and influences vary. I look up to my mentor, Craig Aquart, of course. But I also can’t leave out Mom and my older brother. I want to succeed for me of course, but for them too.

How important is representation?

Representation is a more important tool than I previously gave it credit for. Being seen AND heard are crucial to the success of an entity; but the bigger challenge is for that to be accepted. Case study credit to the social issues and injustice African Americans are enduring and have endured for longer than we can remember.


Favorite quote/poem/song/etc.?

-Quote: “Truth is everybody is going to hurt you. You just have to find those worth suffering for” –Bob Marley

-Poem: “If” by Ruyard Kipling

-Song: Weston Road Flows x Drake

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