Alexis Smith
Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly


“The Fellowship is so valuable because it is about far more than just building affordable housing units; it is about building viable communities. I am so excited to shape my career and learn in an environment where the links between design and community are considered essential pieces of the development puzzle.”

Alexis works with Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly which provides safe and affordable independent housing where older adults of all backgrounds can age in community. Through this partnership, Alexis hopes to arrive at “a very rich and nuanced understanding of how to design the best possible housing for seniors.” In addition to focusing on design that improves resident health and wellness, her work looks at how design can foster supportive social networks not just within JCHE properties but with the neighboring community as well.

Alexis holds a Master of City Planning from University of California, Berkeley where she was awarded the Eisner Prize for outstanding creative achievement in urban design. She received her Bachelor of Architecture degree from Carnegie Mellon University. She is a licensed architect, LEED AP, and has most recently worked for the San Francisco Planning Department as a planner/urban designer. 

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