Published February 8, 2019
Stanicka Mathurin reflects on her path into architecture, from volunteer building missions in Haiti as a teen to graduate study at UB.
I have been pursuing architecture since my sophomore year of high school, during which I was approached to design a children’s mission home and later a school for His Work International’s orphanage project in Haiti. (As of today, the construction of both the mission’s home and school have been completed.)
After entering the undergraduate program in architecture at UB, I gained experience at the NYS Office of General Services in Albany and Buffalo, and Long Associates Architects in Buffalo. In my senior year I had the opportunity to study abroad in Madrid and was honored to earn second place (with design partner Morgan Mansfield) in the senior design studio housing competition with a project that focused on housing the homeless population of Buffalo.
Now in graduate school at UB, I am looking forward to studying in the Material Culture research group while influencing younger students as a teaching assistant for both the freshman studio and Diversity and Design, an undergraduate course taught by Beth Tauke.
I am thankful for all that have helped guide me along in my career, notably my past teaching assistants Kenzie McNamara and Brandon Stone, professors Steven Chodoriwsky, Chris Romano and Brad Wales, as well as mentors at OGS and Long Associates.
My future aspirations include obtaining an architectural license and working as a professional, hopefully with approaches similar to architects Eric Owen Moss and David Adjaye.
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