Hampton University Inspires Future Architects
10/03/2016 - #45
Hampton, VA – On the second floor of Bemis Laboratories, Hampton University Alumnus Shurmella Aslan stood before a room full of students explaining her work as an Architect of the Capitol. Aslan’s presentation was one of several that students got to take part in during “architecture week.”
“It is definitely an honor to come back and serve the Department of Architecture and also serve upcoming architecture students,” said Aslan.
Aslan emphasized the importance of "architecture week" as an opportunity for students to find mentors.
“It is always fascinating to hear from architects because it is something that you aspire to, but you don’t necessarily know if you will get there. Having someone who has been there and done that gives one hope and inspiration for the future.”
With three architecture firms leading presentations the week was filled with everything students needed to build relationships with industry professionals.
Additionally, students had the opportunity to see how their efforts can make an immediate impact locally.
As sea level rise becomes a growing issue in Hampton Roads, students had the opportunity to take part in an all day conference with local policy makers and professionals to learn about amphibious architecture strategies.
Amphibious architecture is a method of retrofitting existing structures to float on water in the event of a major flood.
“The real importance is for students to be able to see the ways they can affect the world,” said Mr. Robert Landon Easter, Chair of the Department of Architecture.