Graduate Architecture

Posted May 15, 2017
  • A screenshot from Henry's website, created alongside Rose Florian (MArch’15).

Talking Design with Kordae Henry (GAR’15, GLA’15)

Kordae Henry came to PennDesign after completing the Architecture and Environmental Design program at Morgan State University. He is currently working at MASS Design Group as an Associate Designer and is a creative director at JNTS.

What does a typical day as Kordae look like?

Before work I work out, or ‘move’ is what I call it, I usually bike or take the train here in Boston. At work, I am moving through iterations for both landscape and architectural projects in the US and Africa. After work I focus my energy and time on creating a place for a design initiative or cultural incubator called JNTS.

What do you miss most about your time at Penn Design?

As cliché as it sounds I miss the energy. There was always someone who was a master at something. From students to professionals to the custodians, there was an answer. We just had to look hard enough for it.   

What was the best advice you’ve received and who was it from?

“Never let anyone define you.” From my mother.

What’s been your favorite professional project so far?

The Memorial to Justice and Peace in Montgomery, Alabama

If you could go backward or forward in time, what era would you choose and why?

The birth of Hip-Hop: August 11, 1973

What did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be an artist, specifically a character and graphic designer.

What’s your favorite place in Philly?

Race Street Pier

Favorite book or movie about art/design?

Adjaye: Africa: Architecture by David Adjaye

Design hero, living or dead?

Tadao Ando

Who’s had the most influence on your work?

[Assistant Professor of Architecture] Simon Kim

Who’s on your current playlist?

MUJO, Thunder Cat, Sampha, Kendrick Lemar, CFCF

Pretzel or cheesesteak?

Chicken Cheesesteak

Paris or London? 

London