Joshua Dykes

Firm: Slaggie Architects

Title: Designer

Alma mater: University of Missouri at Columbia

Hometown: Kansas City, MO

Why did you go into your chosen field?

I chose architecture because as a kid, my creative side was always encouraged by my family around me. My mom told me that architects are people who design and draw buildings, so I was convinced. Although I didn’t know any black architects it didn’t stop me from venturing in to the profession. By the time I was ready for college I was sure this was what I wanted to do. I started my education at the University of Missouri – Columbia and I graduated in 2017.

What gives you motivation to progress your design career?

My motivation primarily comes from wanting to get better every day. A creative drive and always looking to attack a problem from a different angle. My motivation also comes from my team and co-workers around me. A supportive working environment is always motivating.

What is your most meaningful project, and why?

My most meaningful project (to date) would probably be DEMDACO Gift Store at The Legends in Kansas. It was really my first chance to meet with clients with my project manager, Phil Dougherty, and really take time to feel out the design process. It was a great experience and a great project.