Dan Adams
Asian Neighborhood Design
San Francisco


“The Rose Fellowship offers an extraordinary opportunity to a young professional to marry an interest in design with a passion for community development, and to put that passion to work in a multitude of different roles within design practice.” A man of many talents, Daniel Adams needed to call on them all during his Rose Fellowship. “

I was able to work as a designer of affordable housing units, an advocate for more equitable housing policies, a program manager within a nonprofit organization and a green building specialist. Such interdisciplinary training and practice seem essential to me, if we, as architects, hope to be in a position to make a significant and positive contribution toward the alleviation of poverty and the betterment of our shared built and natural environment.”

From all of his efforts, Daniel cites helping to re-establish Asian Neighborhood Design’s community planning assistance program as his proudest accomplishment. The program provides technical planning and urban design help to neighborhood groups. Thanks to Daniel’s fellowship, the program now boasts a community-planning component, along with an expanded scope of services.

A Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a Master of Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley, Daniel continues to play many roles. Since completing his fellowship, Daniel has passed his architecture licensing exams and is now licensed to practice architecture in California. He collaborated with another Rose Fellow, Fernando Martí, on a housing design for the Octavia Boulevard San Francisco Prize competition, winning an Award of Merit. In addition, he co-authored The Materials Handbook: Guidelines for Sustainable, Affordable Housing. Daniel is currently a construction supervisor in the Mayor's Office of Housing in San Francisco. He is on the board of directors of Urban Ecology.

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