FAMU grad hosts architecture workshop for young girls

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By: Symone Davis
May 19, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- One FAMU graduate is giving elementary school students a crash course in architecture.

Friday morning, more than forty 2nd and 3rd grade girls from FAMU’s Developmental Research School learned about art, design, and infrastructure.

The “I Can Be” workshop is a creation of Ayonna Patterson, a graduate from FAMU’s School of Architecture. Patterson says her goal is to inspire other young girls to their career goals, and possibly delve into the world of architecture.

“I didn’t know there were so many rooms in a house,” said 9-year-old Kamiya Warren.

“In the U.S., there are 400,000 licensed architects, and of that number, there are less than 40 African American women. So this is my way of addressing that and plant the seed to say hey, this is an option as well. You can be a doctor, you can be a nurse, and you can be a teacher. You see these roles every day, but you can also be an architect,” said Patterson.

Patterson also hosts the workshop in Jacksonville.

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