MEET SAMANTHA JOSAPHAT, WHO IS AMPLIFYING THE PRESENCE OF BLACK WOMEN IN ARCHITECTURE
In an industry where diversity is severely lacking, there’s one architect — the 397th black female licensed architect in the U.S. determined to disrupt the status quo and raise the percentage of black women in the architectural industry.
Samantha Josaphat is the owner of the New-York-based architecture and design firm, STUDIO 397.
STUDIO 397 was created with the intention of being a multi-disciplinary, boundary-blurring vehicle that operates beyond traditional client-servicing roles
She has designed retail spaces for COS, developed real estate properties in Brooklyn, and executed land planning in Tanzania.
Samantha’s passion for architecture rose from the relocation of her family members from upstate New York to Georgia when she was young. Samantha worked for a large corporate firm before starting her own company, she wanted a balanced and healthy work-lifestyle for increased creativity and authenticity. Samantha who gets her creativity and authenticity once travelled to Zanzibar for six weeks to learn about how the culture and religion influenced the design and make-up of the island. Also, Samantha is a strong believer in mentorship. She currently serves as the President-Elect for the New York chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects (nycoba NOMA) and is dedicated to implementing successful mentoring programs.