This week’s episode is a refreshed replay of Episode 6 with Architect, Rasheda Tripp & Developer, Morgan C.B. Miles. They were the only other two black women in my graduating architecture class at UVA and have been dear friends of mine for almost 20 years. 

This episode was originally recorded in 2020 and we talked about our careers, what brought us to architecture and how we navigate white, male spaces as black women.

Enjoy the replay!


“The function, the very serious function of racism is distraction. It keeps you from doing your work. It keeps you explaining, over and over again, your reason for being.” – Toni Morrison



Rasheda Tripp

Rasheda Tripp received her BS in Architecture in 2006 from the University of Virginia. She earned her M. Architecture degree in 2012 from Washington University in St Louis.

Rasheda is currently a Project Architect for GuernseyTingle in Williamsburg Va. She’s been with the firm since 2013 and has continued to work remotely from Charlottesville since 2017. Her project types range from retail, multi-family residential and government facilities at all levels.

Rasheda is passionate about designing affordable and equitable housing. She frequently stops to admire the ceilings and doors of spaces. She’s mother to 2 boys and a wife to a husband who no longer judges her for stopping to look at random building details.

Morgan C.B. Miles 

Morgan C.B. Miles, LEED AP is an award-winning, senior-level real estate professional with a background in architecture from the University of Virginia and an MBA in real estate and finance from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. With experience in acquisitions, development, and commercial lending, Morgan has executed and/or was responsible for over $1 billion of development projects and financing deals along the U.S. east coast.

She has a proven track record working on multi-billion-dollar, complex mixed-use waterfront developments including District Wharf (The Wharf) and Water Street Tampa — achieving project budget and schedule goals while upholding quality standards. Morgan has development and project management expertise working on hotels, condominiums, multi-family residential apartments, office, industrial, retail, and senior living.

Morgan is a designated lecturer, presenter, guest of honor, and panelist for numerous speaking engagements and passionate about opportunities to represent the BIPOC community at these academic and industry events. She is also a trusted advisor, mentor, and coach to many rising leaders and students in architecture, real estate, business, and finance.

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