Eight Community Designers Selected for Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellowship
Early-career architectural designers will bring expertise to local organizations in cities all over the country.
COLUMBIA, Md. (August 20, 2019) – Enterprise Community Partners Inc. (Enterprise) announced the new class of Enterprise Rose Fellows today. The fellows are working in Austin, Texas; Boston; Los Angeles; Mission, South Dakota; New York City; Providence, Rhode Island; Salem, Massachusetts and Wayne, West Virginia. For the first time in the history of the Rose Fellowship and with support from ArtPlace, Enterprise is piloting arts fellowships in Austin, Texas, Los Angeles and Salem, Massachusetts.
The Enterprise Rose Fellowship connects emerging architectural designers and socially-engaged arts and cultural practitioners with local community development organizations to facilitate an inclusive approach to development that results in green, sustainable and affordable communities. As an integral member of their host organization, fellows integrate design processes, artistic practices, community engagement principles and creativity into development projects and the organization overall.
Since 2000, the Enterprise Rose Fellowship has supported more than 83 architectural designers and socially-engaged arts and cultural practitioners who have contributed to the design and development of more than 11,000 sustainable, affordable homes and community facilities in states all over the country and Puerto Rico.
The eight new Rose Fellows are working in a diverse set of communities:
- Olivia Jimenez will be working with Foundation Communities in Austin, Texas, to address how the arts can catalyze innovative design and create programmed spaces to encourage healthy living, as well as incorporate Creative Placemaking that is inclusive of Austin’s many cultures and creative resources.
- Siboney Diaz-Sanchez is joining Opportunity Communities in Chelsea and Boston, Massachusetts. Siboney will be working on affordable housing development and placekeeping because they are inherently connected but often intentionally separated.
- Carol Zou will be working with Little Tokyo Service Center in Los Angeles. Carol will blend their artistic talents with Little Tokyo Housing Services’ community organizing and planning work to expand the base of stakeholders engaged in critical community visioning processes.
- Alicia Ginsberg will work with REDCO in Mission, South Dakota to create an effective community engagement process that is reflective of Lakota culture, relationships, responsibilities to the land and each other.
- A.L. Hu is working with Ascendant Neighborhood Development in New York City to ensure that Ascendant’s existing portfolio and pipeline projects are resident-informed, resilient, beautiful, and designed to increase the health and well-being of our residents and the surrounding neighborhood.
- Yuko Okabe joins North Shore Community Development Coalition in Salem, Massachusetts to develop public art and placemaking in order to design new socioeconomic relationships.
- Haley Hardwick Witman will be working with ONE Neighborhood Builders in Providence, Rhode Island, to develop positive change through strategic improvements in the environment in partnership with the people, businesses and organizations who call the Olneyville neighborhood home.
- Nick Guertin joins Coalfiled Development in Wayne, West Virginia. As a designer, Nick has regularly sought opportunities which help support the vitality of communities and the people within them.
The two-year Enterprise Rose Fellowship program is a unique opportunity for emerging designers and artist to learn first-hand the dynamics, challenges and potential of mission-driven real estate development, community organizing, and policy.
The Enterprise Rose Fellowship is the premiere opportunity to build a career in public-interest design. The fellowship brings innovative designers and 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.
Collectively, the Enterprise family of companies makes up a proven and powerful national social enterprise that improves communities and people’s lives by investing in well-designed homes that are affordable. We reinvest our earnings directly back into building opportunity by bringing together the nationwide know-how, partners, policy leadership and investments to multiply the impact of local affordable housing development. Over more than 35 years, Enterprise has created 585,000 homes, invested more than $43 billion and touched millions of lives.