Aboriginal Youth Mean Business!

Destiny Seymour

Destiny Seymour has been part of the collaborative design team at Prairie Architects Inc. for the past 5 years. Her experience as a design associate has allowed her to contribute to a wide range of project designs in terms of cultural relevance and community fit. She has experience in interior and conceptual design in many diverse projects such the Learning Centre at the Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba, the Aboriginal Student Centre at the University of Manitoba, and the Aboriginal Reading Room in the Round at the Winnipeg Millennium Library.

"The most rewarding part of my job is being able to observe people enjoying these spaces. A project is successful to me if it brings people to together and promotes interaction. To me that is community. As a designer we can be activists for positive change. We are there to listen to the needs of the client & community and to find solutions to bring those needs into each project."

Education has always played a huge role in Destiny's career path to which she credits her family for their unwavering encouragement. In 2000, Destiny graduated with her Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Psychology and minoring in Cultural Anthropology. Destiny's passion for learning about people, cultures, and sustainable environments pushed her to continue her post-secondary studies. She has just recently finished her course work for her Master's degree in Interior Design from the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Manitoba.

Destiny is highly aware that her educational success would not have been possible without the support that she has received from her family, peers, and community. Another way Destiny works at reaching her career goals in architecture and community development is through volunteering with organizations such as the Planners Network of Manitoba, the Aboriginal Chamber of Commerce, and the University of Manitoba's Faculty of Architecture Aboriginal Advisory Council, as well as through continuing education opportunities such as getting her LEED® accreditation (Canada Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for New Construction and Major Renovations).

"It's about putting in the sacrifice, long hours, and dedication but getting so much back as you begin working in the field that you are completely passionate about. Another important helpful tip is to be able to ask for assistance. This could be finding a mentor or speaking with a student advisor to find options and solutions to get closer to your career goals."

If you would like to learn more about Destiny Seymour or Prairie Architects, we encourage you to visit the following website:

Prairie Architects Inc.
www.prairiearchitects.ca