André Deen-Swaray

Level 7 Architectural Apprentice with Oxford Brookes University/ Foster + Partners, LONDON, United Kingdom

What inspired you to want a life in Architecture and the creative industries?:
Growing up in an area in which architecture failed our local community. Proven by the rampant crime, poverty and poor hygiene faced by the local community, the local infrastructure and systems were deteriorating and failed that community.

Who inspired you in finding your path to Architecture/Film and the creative industries?:
No designer or architect inspired me in particular, but I would say through the giving a kind nature of my family, I was moved to use my artistic and analytical skills in some way which began my development for my love of the built environment.

How you unlock obstacles and overcome bias in your work?:
I embrace being and improving myself whilst recognising that everyone should be treated the same no matter who they are. I believe through displaying a level of passion, competency and compassion for the less fortunate the work I complete not only provides a great output but hopefully positively influence people’s lives and their understanding of the impact young black architectural designers can have and why their position is valuable.

What improvements do you feel are required to promote effective change in the academic and working environment?:
The development of an interdisciplinary environment and less individualism in education is vital for me whilst establishing ways to make architecture more accessible to people from poorer socioeconomic backgrounds to introduce differing perspectives and approaches to architecture as an art, business and a platform for change.

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