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This Barbados Native Weathered Storms As A Child — Now, She's An Architect Replacing Aesthetics With Thoughtful Design

When you think of Black history, you may think of figures of the past who were pioneers in their own right. However, today, there are individuals amongst us who are carving paths of their own and still creating brighter futures for our people. One happens to be Barbados native Alyssa-Amor Gibbons, an architectural designer with a mission to preserve and leverage the island’s identity through thoughtful design. For Gibbons, Barbados has always been a hub of innovation, but she believes it’s not always recognized by the world. Therefore, she plans to fix that by merging engineering with architecture. “Throughout history, because of our location on the globe, we are the halfway point between the east and the west,” Gibbons told AfroTech in an exclusive interview. “Traditionally, we’ve always been this almost linchpin location where people [and] travelers come to and pass through to get to bigger, better. Not to mention the slave trade and the critical role that Barbados played, where...

Samantha Dorisca

Feb 2, 2023