New Rose Fellows to Bring Healthy, Equitable, Resilient Design Solutions to Community Development 

COLUMBIA, Md. (February 13, 2019) – Enterprise Community Partners Inc. (Enterprise) announced today that the new class of Enterprise Rose Fellows are working in Atlanta, Cleveland, Ohio, Green River, Utah, and Ithaca, New York. Called “one of the most important U.S. programs for emerging architects” by The American Institute of Architects, this award-winning fellowship advances creative innovations and an inclusive approach to the development of sustainable, healthy, affordable homes and neighborhoods by partnering architectural designers with local community development corporations (CDCs). 

Since 2000, the Enterprise Rose Fellowship has supported more than 75 emerging architects who have contributed to the design and development of more than 10,000 sustainable, affordable homes and community facilities in 26 states and Puerto Rico. The four new Rose Fellows are working in a diverse set of communities:

  • In Atlanta, Deborah Pérez Centeno aids in the development and design of affordable housing at the neighborhood scale at two locations: the Brownsmill and Sylvan Hills neighborhoods. She also participates in community engagement, focusing on the importance of neighborhood participation throughout all stages of development. Prior to the fellowship, Deborah worked in affordable housing development in the Puerto Rico Housing Finance Authority.
  • Emily Thompson is working with Burten, Bell, Carr Development, Inc. (BBC) in Cleveland to support transformative projects for the community: advancing the vision for the redevelopment of Cedar Avenue, developing affordable senior housing, and increasing access to nature within the neighborhood. Prior to the fellowship, Emily worked in Kansas City at BNIM Architects and Odimo Architects. 
  • Lindsey Briceno is spending her fellowship at Epicenter in Green River, Utah. She primarily works on providing low-income housing opportunities to the residents of Green River, focusing on both new construction and renovations of the existing housing stock. Lindsey previously worked at a multi-family firm in Dallas, largely on mixed-use and low-income housing.
  • Chau Pham joins Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services (INHS) in Ithaca, New York, to expand engagement that produces holistic design outcomes that integrate and empower the community. As the real estate development project manager, Chau helps implement a comprehensive development strategy that balances affordable housing financing requirements, innovative and sustainable design, and community engagement practices. Prior to the fellowship, Chau worked as an architect in Washington, D.C., specializing in residential and mixed-use developments.

The two-year Enterprise Rose Fellowship program is a unique opportunity for emerging designers to learn first-hand the dynamics, challenges and potential of mission-driven real estate development, community organizing and policy. Applications for the next class of fellows are now open, with an expanded scope. For the first time ever, artists as well as architects will be eligible. See our application website for more information and to access the online application.
“The Enterprise Rose Fellowship is the premiere opportunity to build a career in public-interest design,” said Mark Matel, director of the Rose Fellowship Program and Design Initiatives at Enterprise. “The fellowship brings innovative designers, and soon artists, to CDCs with the goal of integrating creative place-making and community development to benefit low-income communities. Embedding community-focused artists and architects as staff in host organizations across the country builds the capacity of community developers to leverage art, culture, creativity and design to advance their missions and improve the lives of residents.”

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