#FutureArchitectFriday: Courtney H. Souvenir, Jr.

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

Name: Courtney H. Souvenir, Jr.

Hometown: Glenn Dale, MD

Educational Status: 3+2 BSAED/M.Arch Candidate

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

Being a black architecture student is very humbling. Depending on where you study you’re taught not just about the literal form and design, but how we as designers are change makers in our communities.

Why do you want to get your licensed?

I want to become licensed so that I can put forward my vision of community and collaboration into every project that I touch. The world would be a much better place if these two factors could become more prominent in the interaction between people, and architects have the power to create spaces that facilitate these movements.

Biggest inspiration/influence?

David Adjaye

How important is representation? 

Representation is extremely important as I believe that in order to inspire the next generation of architects, it’s pretty motivating to see that there isn’t enough of us in the field. Meanwhile on the flip side when I do see someone like me doing what I want to do post-grad, that also gives me hope and fuels my drive to be next.

Favorite quote/poem/song/etc.?

“Some people think they are in community, but they are only in proximity. True community requires commitment and openness. It is a willingness to extend yourself to encounter and know the other.” – David Spangler

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