|MIT Department: Architecture
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Caitlin Mueller
Undergraduate Institution: University of Florida
Hometown: Coral Springs, FL
My name is Aldrin James Barbosa Gaffud (they/them), and I was born in Manila, Philippines. I am a fifth year student at the University of Florida, completing a dual degree in Architecture and Civil Engineering. Passionate about social activism, diversity, equity, and inclusivity (DEI) efforts, sustainability, and self-perception, I explore the power and impact architecture has in playing a role in all of these. I hope to do this as a researcher, as an architect/engineer, and as a future professor. I also aspire to find architectural solutions to improve the lives of marginalized communities. After graduating with my Bachelor’s, I plan to pursue a Master’s of Architecture and eventually a Ph.D. When I’m not focused on academia, I dance, play volleyball, and read queer literature. I am also passionate about people and learning from others and the perspectives/lived experiences they have in this universe.