#FutureArchitectFriday: Brandon Eley

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


Name: Brandon Eley

Hometown: Suffolk, VA

Educational Status: Undergraduate 3rd Year at The University of Virginia

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

My experience as a black architecture student has been eye opening. There are so many things that are designed in our everyday lives that don’t take into account the experiences of others. With so little black representation in architecture, I feel encouraged to share my culture through my work. 

Why do you want to get your licensed?

I want to be an example for younger designers.

Biggest inspiration/influence?

My biggest inspiration in architecture would be my Design-Thinking professor, Elgin Cleckley. He’s shown me how design can be applied to a myriad of situations in and outside of architecture.  

How important is representation? 

I believe representation is very important and a key role in inspiring the next generation. “What they see is what they’ll be”.

Favorite quote/poem/song/etc.?

“Be, b-boys and girls, listen up
You can be anything in the world, in God we trust
An architect, doctor, maybe an actress
But nothing comes easy, it takes much practice” – I Can by Nas

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