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SAY IT LOUD - NOW Exhibitor

Florida Based Designer

Who or what inspires you professionally?

I would have to say every single Black architect in existence.

Daphnee Arielle Stowers


The great designer, Daphnee Stowers is an architectural designer from Los Angeles, seeks to bring much needed representation to BIPOC by rigorously pursuing licensure. She hopes her future title of “Architect” and service to her local community will inspire the next generation of AEC professionals to be agents for change. It is her belief that architecture is a basic human right. Her goal is to shift the role architecture plays to ensure spaces created foster inclusion, health, and prosperity for all BIPOC.


How did you first learn about architecture and when did you decide that built environment profession was an area of interest for you?

Growing up in Los Angeles, I was always fascinat- ed by the eclecticism of its architecture. A year before graduating high school, I enrolled myself in SCI-Arc’s Making+Meaning program to get a jumpstart on my architecture career.


What do you do?

I am an architectural designer who has worked in all phases of the architectural design process. Having recently completed my AXP hours required for licensure, I am more confident in my ability to start taking the Architectural Registration Exams.

What excites you in the work you do?

Every facet of the profession excites me. The built environment and human beings are pow- erful forces, constantly acting upon each other. This ever-lasting relationship provides a lens into human behavior, history, and culture.

Who or what inspires you professionally?

I would have to say every single Black architect in existence.

What is your proudest professional accomplishment or achievement?

Living in a world that works against BIPOC, get- ting this far in my career is not only a testament to my resiliency, it shows the dire need for bold initiatives like Beyond The Built Environment to amplify the voices of the disenfranchised.

Featured Project Name: 

Detroit Learning Center


Featured Project Location: 

Detroit, Michigan


Featured Project Completion Date: 

May 2016

Role in Featured Project: 

Design Concept, Design Development, Rendered Imagery, and Physical Model


Featured Project Description:

For this student project, I was tasked with applying the versatility of concrete to a new mixed-used office and retail building in Downtown Detroit. Inspired by Detroit’s footing in the once booming automobile industry, I derived the design of the façade and structure from car tire tracks. With Detroit’s high rate of adult illiteracy, I envisioned a new mixed-used program that provides class rooms and conference rooms for learning including spaces for recreation and a supermarket.

Photography Credit:

Renderings are outsourced

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