Jason Pettigrew Memorial ARE Scholarship
Intern Architect, Integrus Architecture Spokane
University of Idaho (B.Arch, M.Arch)
“Overcoming adversity and minor and large set-backs with a positive attitude has always been my mantra because it builds character. “
Jose Barajas, Assoc. AIA is passionate about using design to help the community through artistic and architectural projects. He engages the community through mentorship and leadership opportunities that arise from AIA Spokane, various Art organizations, and local universities, giving him the joy of watching people grow.
Barajas grew up in a migrant family that moved with the seasons every 4-6 months. Most of his childhood was spent living in low-income housing all over Washington, Idaho, and California–“the only thing consistent in my life was art.” Barajas was considered an at-risk student up until his senior year of high school.
He shares, “Overcoming adversity and minor and large set-backs with a positive attitude has always been my mantra because it builds character. The difference between a good day and a bad day is simply your attitude. Everyone has scars, and all scars should do is remind where you’ve been and they should not dictate where you are going.”