I am from a family that has emigrated across three continents. My parents moved from the Caribbean, to the United Kingdom (where I was born), then to North America where I grew up. When we arrived to North America, we lived in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and settled in Regina, Saskatchewan.
Being a visible minority in a new country and city presented challenges that played a tremendous role in my development during my childhood and adolescent years. Challenges such as racism and bullying, taught my brother, sister and myself how to look out for one another. Academics allowed us to express ourselves constructively. Athletics allowed us to physically purge whatever frustrations and tensions that we had in a structured environment, and at the same time learn about the importance of teamwork and camaraderie. Academics also served as a pathway to personal growth and the possibility of a better lifestyle in adulthood.
I have been fortunate in my life to have failed and succeeded. Failure has taught me to appreciate success when it happens and to be thankful for it. Architecture has given me the opportunity to express my thoughts, feelings, and experiences in a way that gives back to the greater good of society. Architecture is the medium that allows me to continue to express myself to the world. As athletics and academics once were, creativity is now the vessel that allows me to express what is in my soul. Enjoy my work.