Jenina Yutuc is a Fung Fellows Honors student, majoring in interdisciplinary studies and minoring in global poverty & practice. Here, she shares her experiences as a second-year fellow, her honors team project, and her ambitions and reflections as an aspiring architect.
I am a fourth-year majoring in interdisciplinary studies with a minor in global poverty & practice, and a certificate in design innovation. My hometown is Apalit, Pampanga in the Philippines. When I was 7 years old, my family and I moved to Gainesville, Florida, and lived there for 13 years. We currently live in California where the weather is much nicer.
I am pursuing a career in architecture as both a researcher and a licensed architect. There are only so few licensed architects and partners that are women, and the percentage for women of color are even lower. My long-term goal is to start my own multi-disciplinary firm that specializes in research and practice in architecture, design, urbanism, sociology, and art. While designing buildings is a fundamental component to the field, I would like to also advocate for new infrastructures of capital and funding in the creation and sustenance of well-designed, inhabitable, and community-informed built spaces.
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