#FutureArchitectFriday: Russell Lawrence

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

Name: Russell Lawrence

Hometown: Chesapeake, Virginia

Educational Status: Hampton University: Transfer 3rd year of 5yr MA

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

As a black student in architecture, I would describe it as being challenging at times. It takes commitment, time and energy to just keep up with my peers. I’ve had to want to learn and research more outside of just going to class everyday. To be confident and knowledgeable in architecture, it requires studying as much as possible. Overall it’s been one of my greatest experience because it helped changed my mindset on how I view the outside.

Why do you want to get your licensed?

I want to pursue my license, so I can solely accomplish owning my own work and having the ability to help others that may need it..

Biggest inspiration/influence?

My biggest inspiration is my parents. They continue to speak encouraging words to me and constantly reminds me of the favor GOD has on me.

How important is representation? 

Representation is everything to me. It is very important especially pertaining to the craft of architecture. Representation can be a determining factor of having success!

Favorite quote/poem/song/etc.?

A few good songs off my heavy rotation:

Wrestlemania 20- Westside Gunn

Phone Bill- Boldy James, Alchemist

About Love at 21- Liv.e

Swish/Use 2- Flee, Brent Faiyaz, StoopidXool

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