KHALID JASIR MILLS

UNC Charlotte

SAY IT LOUD - North Carolina Exhibitor

North Carolina Based Designer

Who or what inspires you professionally?

Representation. Seeing my identity in the profession and more opportunities arising for young black and brown designers is my main source of inspiration.

KHALID JASIR MILLS

Bio:

Khalid Jasir Mills is an architecture student currently studying at the School of Architecture at UNCC. Prior to enrolling at the SoA, he graduated from the Early College of Forsyth program with an Associate in Science and high school diploma. While at UNC Charlotte, he has served an Orientation Counselor for the SOAR Program and Student Representative for the 3rd Year Studio. He participated in a NOMAS/AIA Housing Charette and was nominated as a candidate for NOMAS President of 2021-2022.

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

I’d say that I have always been captivated by the built environment from a young age. The “term” architecture had floated through conversations, but I didn’t learn how to articulate my interest until I discovered it in high school.

What do you do?

I am an undergraduate architecture student attending the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

What excites you in the work you do?

Collaboration. Being able to work with my colleagues and bounce ideas off each other is my favorite part about Architecture and the design process.

Who or what inspires you professionally?

Representation. Seeing my identity in the profession and more opportunities arising for young black and brown designers is my main source of inspiration.

What is your proudest professional accomplishment or achievement?

Designing visual brands or logos for some of my fellow peers and colleagues. These non-academic micro-projects really helped grow my skill set and learn to be professional outside of my academic studies.

Featured Project Name: 

PondView Athletic Center

 

Featured Project Location: 

Charlotte, NC

 

Featured Project Completion Date: 

Unbuilt

 

Role in Featured Project: 

Group Partner

 

Featured Project Description:

The objective of this recreational facility was to create an athletic space that also serves as a humanitarian center for the Homeless population. Located against highway I-277 in Uptown Charlotte, the site is home to a "Tent City" or community of displaced people who have nowhere else to go. Rather than displace these individuals again, my group partner and I wanted to create architecture that would maintain that sense of normalcy or human dignity.

Photography Credit:

Khalid Jasir Mills