In celebration of Dalhousie’s 200 years of educating excellence, 52 outstanding individuals from Dalhousie’s community have been profiled for their impactful and pioneering actions. Among these 52 is Nycum CEO Benjie Nycum. Benjie was selected by a panel for his sensitive approach to architecture and for his advocacy work with LGBTQ+ groups. In his work, Benjie is mindful of how access to space affects people’s health within architecture and within marginalized communities. In his interview, Benjie spoke about how his time with Dalhousie has given him tools to approach challenges. One foundational tool that Benjie cites is critical thinking, learned through the public presentation of work at school.
To create his Originals profile Benjie was interviewed on his time at Dalhousie University. The interview was recorded and added to the university’s archive and special collections so that future students can be inspired by the actions of the 52 originals.
Benjie continues to be connected to Dalhousie through his role as adjunct professor. Working closely with students allows him to learn through his teaching and he is constantly excited to help students discover solutions so that they can reach their potential.
Featured alongside Benjie is (Former Prime Minister) R.B. Bennett, (Community Leader and women’s suffragist) Eliza Ritchie, (Former Architecture Dean) Essy Baniassad, (Astronaut) Kathryn Sullivan, and (Former Deputy Prime Minister and Cabinet member) Anne McLellan
Benjie’s 52 Originals profile can be found here