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***Kherby Jean*** CPDI Africa Spotlight Intern, Summer Internship 2020!

Hello everyone,

My name is Kherby Jean and I am a 4th year architecture major at Tuskegee University. Born in Haiti, my parents always told me to be humble and work hard. My parents brought me to the US in 2010 for one reason, a better life. I am pursuing architecture because I am passionate about helping and would like to create affordable housing for people in my home country, Haiti. Through faith, knowledge and community, I believe that this is possible. In addition to architecture, I am a partner at a clothing company called Blakhveny where we represent culture and social change. Overall, my goal is to help people, have an impact on the future generation, and inspire change. 

Learning about African architecture and Haitian architecture was truly an exhilarating process, I learned so much about my history and culture. As stated above, I was born in Haiti, but I had never connected my Haitian identity to my African identity until CPDI Africa. Seeing and learning so much about African and Haitian architecture, I realized that there’s so much that needs to be discovered, learned and applied in our architecture today. Through this knowledge we will be able to build better for the environment, climate and for each other.

I would like to say thank you CPDI Africa and personally Nmadili Okwumabua for this tremendous opportunity. I have had the opportunity to listen to great minds speaking on the topic of African architecture, something that is hardly ever spoken of. I was able to learn the true identity of my country through its architecture and history. Thank you CPDI Africa.

Follow me on my learning experience this week on Spotlight CPDI Africa, connecting the dots from the Motherland to Haiti and beyond!

Enrollment Now Open at CPDIAfrica.org.
The GLOBAL STUDIO for African Centered Architecture.

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