2020 Jason Pettigrew Memorial ARE Scholarship
Architectural Designer, JW Robinson & Associates
Kennesaw State University (B.Arch)
Didier is an African American designer with a diverse range of experience in hospitality, government, commercial, airport design, and higher education. Graduating with a Bachelor of Architecture from Kennesaw State University in Spring 2018, he received several scholarships and produced a thesis exploring the rehabilitation of social housing in Chicago, using strategies of collectivism at a vertical scale. His research was presented and published at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research in Edmond, Oklahoma. Amongst the top-ranking students in the program, Didier was awarded the AIA 2018 Henry Adams Medal for his achievements.
Prior to joining JW Robinson & Associates, Didier has worked at several notable firms including Portman Architects in Atlanta, Georgia and Lightroom in Decatur, Georgia. Didier is also involved NOMA Atlanta as a means of promoting diversity in the architecture profession and providing mentorship to students.
Viewing art as form of expression, Didier’s creative outlets are drawing, painting, photography, animation, and graphic design. He believes that architecture should create a user-oriented experience and visual connection between people and the built environment, while responding to technological advancements. He instills these ideals into his design to create a narrative that is innovative, immersive, and memorable.