RYAN E SMITH

Jenkins-Peer Architects

SAY IT LOUD - North Carolina Exhibitor

North Carolina Based Designer

Who or what inspires you professionally?

Black women in design leadership and service inspire me to stay the course toward licensure and creative impactful work so that I may inspire others.

RYAN E SMITH

Bio:

My name is Ryan Smith and I am a Black Latina designer based in Charlotte, North Carolina. In 2013 I graduated from Bethune-Cookman University with my BS in Psychology, and in 2015 I began my architectural pursuit and earned my Master of Architecture from UNC Charlotte in 2019. I've since began working at Jenkins-Peer Architects and hold a board position with NCNOMA.

 

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

I was always inspired by architecture and design, gaining a deeper interest to pursue my M.Arch while researching it's impact on everyday life.

What do you do?

I am a design professional currently working at Jenkins-Peer Architects focused on the hospitality and higher education industry.

What excites you in the work you do?

I am excited by the ability to problem solve through design and impact the experiences of others.

Who or what inspires you professionally?

Black women in design leadership and service inspire me to stay the course toward licensure and creative impactful work so that I may inspire others.

What is your proudest professional accomplishment or achievement?

I am proud of the experience I've been able to help create through the work of NOMA to inspire younger students to purse a career in architecture and design.

Featured Project Name: 

Monrovia Public Library

 

Featured Project Location: 

Monrovia, Liberia

 

Featured Project Completion Date: 

Not Completed/Concept Design

Role in Featured Project: 

Designer

 

Featured Project Description:

The Monrovia Public Library is a design project established by a local foundation aiming to improve literacy, promote innovation and access to information in Monrovia, Liberia. As a second year student, unaffiliated with a school project, I coordinated with the foundation's owner to design this project featuring a wide collection of relevant books, ample access to internet connected computers, open workspaces for collaboration, space for Liberian history, lecture halls, a café, and more.

 

Photography Credit:

Ryan Smith