#FutureArchitectFriday: Gealese Peebles

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


Name: Gealese Peebles

Hometown: Hilliard, Ohio

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

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

My experience has been one of inclusivity. I found myself both encouraging and participating in conversations surrounding design that is meant for all communities and demographics.

Why do you want to get your licensed?

I want to feel unrestricted by job searches and interviews. Procuring a license means that I can steadily evolve in my design work.

Biggest inspiration/influence?

While there is no pinpoint building or designer, I was first enamored with the intricacies of Gothic architecture. As a kid, I loved drawing and replicating what I saw. I was fascinated with how someone could even imagine something like a cathedral. That fascination never went away.

How important is representation? 

Representation means everything. Architecture houses all people, meaning that it should cater to the culture, ideology and lifestyle of all people. This is why having people who relate on an intimate level is essential to the best product.

Favorite quote/poem/song/etc.?

The most impactful advice I was ever given: “Get comfortable with being uncomfortable.”

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