#FutureArchitectFriday:  Sheinya Joseph

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

Name:  Sheinya Joseph

Hometown: Boston, Massachusetts

Educational Status: 5th year, B.Arch student

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

As a black architecture student, my experience has been unsettling. I don’t enter many classrooms or spaces where my professors or peers share the same skin color. Although that can be intimidating at times, it motivates me to continue through with my studies and become an educator and mentor for others who experience similar circumstances.

Why do you want to get your licensed?

In the United States, less than 5% of all licensed architects are black, and less than 1% are black females. With such low percentages, many black populated cities across the United States are underrepresented and often overlooked. I seek to get licensed to help represent and strengthen these communities through inclusive methods allowing for the infusion of black culture into architectural practices. Furthermore, I am strongly motivated to increase the percentage of black licensed architects as an individual and incentivize and integrate the black community more to the realm of architecture.

Biggest inspiration/influence?

My inspiration comes from knowing that I have the ability to enhance lives through architectural practices.

How important is representation? 

As individuals in society, we emanate from contrasting backgrounds and experiences, exhibit diverse beliefs, and have a unique story. Thus, representation is significant as it allows for perspective and narration of any subject or matter. I consider it as another form of communication that sheds light on matters we should address.

Favorite quote/poem/song/etc.?

“When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.” -Audrey Lorde

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