What piece of advice would you give to Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) who are interested in architecture but don’t know how or where to start?
When considering what advice to pass along, I often think of what I would tell my younger self when I was homeless in college, fighting to survive and to get my architectural education, when my professors and advisors continuously told me this field and industry may not be right for me. In addition to seeking out resources like First500 that exist specifically for you, I would tell my younger self, and to young people of color everywhere: If this industry feels lonely, you are not alone. If your ideas are not heard, keep speaking. If one door closes, three will open. Keep going and never give up. If there is no well to drink from, dig until you create one! -Tiara Hughes