#FutureArchitectFriday: Taurean J. Merriweather

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

Name: Taurean J. Merriweather

Hometown: Chicago, IL 

Educational Status:

  • B.Arch from Tuskegee University
  • Master in Historic Preservation from University of Florida

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

Being a Black Architecture student, my experience was one of perseverance, versatility and humility. Entering in a field where our ancestors combated and overcame many forms of discrimination, my matriculation became a rite of passage.

Why do you want to get your licensed?

My ultimate end goal is to merge architecture with historic preservation; making them synonymous with activism.  This takes the form of implementing healthy  built environments with a rich historic fabric  and promoting equity and balance for new and existing residents. Since true preservation embodies activism, I can ultimately fulfill this goal as a licensed Architect.

Biggest inspiration/influence?

Every Black Architect who has paved the way for me to follow in their foot steps.

How important is representation? 

Representation shows us the ability to reach our aspirations by seeing those we can relate to in such a capacity. It gives us the courage and passion to pursue our dreams; joining countless others like us who once were in our place.

Favorite quote/poem/song/etc.?

Do, or do not. There is no try – Yoda

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