A little bit of my work and my play...
The American city should be a collection of communities where every member has a right to belong. It should be a place where every man feels safe on his streets and in the house of his friends. It should be a place where each individual's dignity and self-respect is strengthened by the respect and affection of his neighbors. It should be a place where each of us can find the satisfaction and warmth which comes from being a member of the community of man. This is what man sought at the dawn of civilization. It is what we seek today.
-Lyndon B. Johnson
I found architecture through housing; public housing to be more specific. I didn't live in public housing growing up, but often visited family and friends that did. At a young age I noticed the subtle and sometimes flagrant differences between the housing and schools from one part of town to the next. I made the connection between geography and education, health and architecture. My life since I graduated from high school has been a pursuit of understanding these differences and devoting my talents to addressing them. This pursuit led me to a 5 year Bachelors of Architecture degree from Howard University and a Masters of City Planning degree from the University of California Berkeley with a housing and community development emphasis. After my time at Berkeley, I spent a little over 4 years at Wiencek and Associates Architects and Planners working on affordable and low-income housing developments. This was a great experience for me. I worked closely with nonprofit housing developers and gained a more robust understanding of the issues they seek to address and the tools they use to address them. Now I'm an architect at Cox Graae + Spack Architects - a firm that has made a mark in DC through their thoughtful approach to schools and other building types that serve the public.
My desire to understand and combat the many inequities in housing (and by default inequities in education and health outcomes) will keep me moving forward. My goals are many and I’m always willing to share them. Please feel free to contact me!