Chana Haouzi
City of Boston, Department of Neighborhood Development


“A home is the cornerstone of an individual’s community, comfort, and dignity, and a right that should be accessible to everyone. I am most excited by the opportunity to directly address Boston’s affordable housing challenge and the mayor’s 2030 Housing Plan through the housing and development initiatives of the Department of Neighborhood Development.” 
Working in close partnership with the City’s Housing Innovation Lab, there is incredible opportunity to develop innovative solutions to address longstanding, complex issues, particularly through design thinking and the development of prototype housing models that will increase the speed and production of quality housing for low-income residents. In addition to the design challenge, the Department of Neighborhood Development is well positioned to work with communities, city partners and developers to develop city-owned land. Chana looks forward to piloting an approach that will streamline the zoning process and promote the development of housing opportunities that will make the city more affordable and inclusive. 
Having previously worked at the intersection of academia, professional practice and the public sector, Chana sees a passion and energy from young students to engage directly in their local communities and to make a positive impact through socially responsible design. She is enthusiastic about linking this energy with opportunities within the City of Boston and the Department of Neighborhood Development in order to support their mission of improving Boston’s neighborhoods through community-engaged approaches to design. 
Chana earned her M.Arch II from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and her M.Arch I from McGill University, where she was awarded the Hugh McLennan Memorial Scholarship. Chana is a licensed architect in Massachusetts.

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