Malak Fahmy

Malak Fahmy
Hometown: Charlotte, by way of Cairo, Egypt
Bachelor of Arts in Architecture

Give some general information about yourself: how did you become interested in architecture?

I was initially uninterested due to a misconception about architecture being math dominated, but I was proven wrong when I joined the ACE (Architecture, Construction, and Engineering) club and worked with a group of fellow designers and mentors. The atmosphere helped me transform my love for painting and art into creating spaces for people to enjoy. I also got perspective into real-world architecture, getting a closer look into Little Diversified’s work environment and the day of an architect in the field. After that experience, I was sure I knew what I wanted to do, and this opened a path for me to work at the firm. Now I can do what I love both at school and work.

What kind of career do you hope to have?

At the moment I plan on traveling and learning using architecture and culture to create innovative designs. I hope to be a licensed architect in the future and design rich and lively architecture in and outside the U.S.

What is your favorite thing about UNC Charlotte and the School of Architecture?

I love its culture. The warm welcoming studio environment helped me immediately make friends with everyone. The Storrs family pushes me to work harder and design better through feedback and support. I am constantly being inspired from the different creative minds filling the community.

As a transfer student, do you have thoughts about the benefits of the new transfer agreement between CPCC and UNC Charlotte? Why is that a good thing for students?

As a transfer student, I would recommend this program. Financially it’s beneficial and it gives me the chance to learn architecture in different ways. It’s a great opportunity, too, for those that are taking college classes in high school and want to keep going in CPCC and then transfer for a Bachelor's or a Master's degree.

When you are not in class, studying, rehearsing, or working, what do you like to do for fun?

Outside of school and work, I like to paint and go out and explore and see new things. I also like watching shows/movies and hanging out with friends.