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Justina is a junior architecture major at Howard University, from Spanish Town, Jamaica. She is our Build counselor for the 2018 Summer Studio.
Q: What drew you towards the Tired-a-Lot Summer Studio?
A: I was drawn towards the Tired-a-Lot Summer Studio because I loved the idea of exposing teenagers to design as not only a possible career path but also a way for them to improve their community. I also love to travel and do new things so there’s always a first time for everything!
Q: What's a fun fact about you?
A: I can’t swim.
Q: What made you want to be an architect?
A: I wanted to become an architect because I’ve always been interested in art and wanted to choose a career that didn’t feel like work and always allowed me to be creative. I love that architecture affects the way people function and has the ability to create spaces which can improve lives.
Q: What are your greatest design/architectural accomplishments so far? What is your favorite project you’ve completed to date?
A: My greatest design accomplishment so far would be designing container homes for a architecture firm I recently worked with. I’m interested in sustainable design and low cost housing so it was exciting to create designs which I think could be used in Jamaica to alleviate homelessness while promoting sustainability through recycling.
Q: What design/architectural goals do you still hope to achieve?
A: I hope to return the knowledge and skills I have learnt throughout my education and here at Tired-a-Lot to better the lives of those in my country through architecture.