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Sophomore architecture student Nino Chambers says he’s always had an infatuation with architecture. Being at Tuskegee University, he’s been able to pursue those passions — and many more he’s developed along the way.
Becoming a Golden Tiger
Chambers, native of West Columbia, South Carolina, says his parents — both of whom graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine —introduced him to Tuskegee’s rich legacy.
“I was attracted to Tuskegee because of its heritage. I knew it was a place I wanted to attend, and too because I received a presidential scholarship,” he says. “I entered college with a limited knowledge of what an HBCU was. Tuskegee has opened my eyes to the valuable contributions of these institutions.”
This academic year, he’s begun sharing that knowledge as a University Ambassador — giving him a way to grow his own knowledge base while sharing it with prospective students as a campus tour guide.
Finding the blueprint for career success
Chambers’ notes that Tuskegee has countless opportunities for its students that prepare them for their future careers. Last summer, he served as a 2019 “Be Original Americas Design Fellow,” a program that allows college students to gain hands-on interior design experience.
“The summer fellowship gave me a chance to learn first-hand what it takes to make authentic design,” he explains. “The immersive nature of the fellowship, along with traveling and speaking candidly with industry leaders, are reasons why it interested me.”
During the five-week program, Chambers — who aspires to become a licensed architect — lived in New York City and visited with nearly 30 architecture and design companies based in eight different cities.
“I’m passionate about sustainability and furniture design, and I also believe that inclusivity and education are vital to the future of original design,” he continues.
Stretching his creativity
When he’s not building and designing architecturally, Chambers is extending his creativity fashionably by making bowties.
“I have an entrepreneurial spirit and a good work ethic, which were instilled by my parents, who own their own veterinary clinic,” he notes.
Chambers says his craft is meant to inspire to motivate others — including his peers, who he hopes will explore opportunities that not just enhance their educational pursuits and interests, but challenge them as well.
“Even beyond my extracurricular activities, I want to motivate my peers to always put their best foot forward,” he said.
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