#FutureArchitectFriday: Mone’ Parker
Hi readers! It’s #FutureArchitectFriday. A day to celebrate those pushing themselves to becoming licensed architects.
Name: Mone’ Parker
Hometown: Arlington, VA
Educational Status: Senior at James Madison University
How would you describe your experience as a Black Architecture student?
I would describe it as interesting and unexpected. There is a lot of things I know and understand now that I wish I knew then as far as the different types of architecture majors and how they can vary drastically from school to school. As far as my race is concerned I’m glad about the experiences I am having now and being the only black person in my graduating year, it’s not always the best feeling, but I think it’ll prepare me for a professional setting.
Why do you want to get your licensed?
It would be similar to my inspiration/influence as far as wanting to make a difference as an architect and increase the number of black female licensed architects to help with representation. Having a license I feel would be the best step in being respected and taken seriously in the field when I give my ideas for a project due to being a black woman in a male dominate field.
What influences me to continue in my path is representation and making a difference in the world one community at a time (I know corny but true). Representation because I feel as though black women are underrepresented in a lot of careers, architecture included and I think the built environment plays a vital role in our everyday lives that black women deserve to have a say in what type of environment we want to live in. I also want to make a difference when I become an architect because I feel that in too many communities around the world the residents who interact with their living spaces the most have the least say in decisions made about their homes.
How important is representation?
Representation is extremely important because I wish I saw more people who look at me in the classrooms/studio, in the lessons I was taught, and in the field in general because it would have given me more confidence as I pursued my education. At times it feels lonely or makes me doubt my abilities since I don’t see anyone like me in the profession, often I question if I belonged in the classroom/studio or question once I graduate will I be able to accomplish everything I want to as an architect.
I’m indecisive it changes monthly