At this stage in my career, my primary goal is to develop my skills in design and community development and contribute to the success of a local organization/firm with similar interest. My view of design as a tool for empowerment has guided me throughout my architecture career. My capstone project at Berkeley, a report on family friendly design principles for affordable multi-family housing, will be used by the housing committee and planning commission of City of Emeryville, California. The report will give the city the tools it needs to appropriately assess projects and encourage the development quality housing.
I’ve also readily used my leadership skills as a tool for empowerment. My balance of focus and drive and ability to visualize the end in the beginning has consistently placed me in leadership positions, many focused on professional development in architecture. In these roles, I stress the value of being a team player and being confident in your role on the team. These views and experiences I feel will be valuable to a design office.
I'm also a self-proclaimed master chef. My gumbo (also called "yumbo" by my friends) is a must have!
City of Emeryville, Emeryville, CA, US, Economic Development and Housing Intern
Authored numerous white papers to inform the city’s economic development strategy and completed a report that will inform the city’s family friendly housing design guidelines. Please contact if you would like a copy of the report.
University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, US, Graduate Student Instructor - Department of Architecture
Graduate student instructor for the architecture internship course; contacted local architecture firms to solicit their participation in the course. Lead panel discussion on architecture internships and helped facilitate discussions on IDP and architecture registration.
HDR, Inc., Alexandria, VA, US, Architectural Intern
Created 3D lighting study models, performed LEED documentation on certain projects, responded to RFI’s and completed life safety plans
Burt Hill Kosar Rittelmann Associates, Washington, DC, US, Architectural Intern
Performed façade studies, created exterior wall sections for study purposes and attended site visits and site meetings.
Allred Architectural Group, Ocean Springs, MS, US, Architectural Intern
Constructed physical models of recently completed buildings, made floor plan updates for schools in the Moss Point School District.
University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, US, City & Regional Planning
Concentration: Housing, Community and Economic Development
Master's Client Report for the City of Emeryville: Social and Physical Indicators of Successful Affordable Family Housing
Howard University, Washington, DC, US, BArch, Architecture
Kaye Bock Community Building Award, 1st Place
Given to students who have positively contributed to the culture of the planning department.
Jeld Wen Door Design Competition Winner, 1st Place