“I believe in the power of collaborative design to transform ordinary budgets and building methods into places of pride and delight within communities. I look forward to being a member of a multidisciplinary team. Together we can better explore ways of integrating new technologies in order to improve the operation of existing properties and new construction, while being sensitive to the realities of management and tenant usage.”
Daniel Splaingard’s commitment to community based architectural design surfaced in Alabama at Auburn University’s famed Rural Studio where he trained to become an architect. Daniel’s understanding of underserved populations broadened during his time at the Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí, México as a FIPSE Scholar, and later at the Global Arts Village in Delhi, India on an Emerging Artist Partial Fellowship. Ultimately, Daniel brought what he learned abroad back to Alabama, and after two additional years helping the Rural Studio to lead community design-build projects, Daniel will move to Chicago to begin a three-year Rose Fellowship with Bickerdike Redevelopment Corporation. While the Windy City’s climate may prove a bit of a change, Daniel is more than ready for the challenges of working with a company that, in addition to being a developer and redeveloper, serves as property manager and community organizer.
Daniel will be an integral member of Bickerdike’s team, assisting in its acclaimed, holistic approach to community development, and bridging the areas of project financing, design, construction, and property and asset management, as well as creating a model for an environmentally and socially sustainable single family home. Much of his time will be taken with development and design of urgently needed affordable rental housing in an area hit by both foreclosures of multifamily properties and condominium conversions.
For Daniel this will mean hands-on engagement during the full scope of work, from community outreach, to financing and management of construction, through the LEED® certification. The value of these varied challenges is clear for Daniel. “Bickerdike’s unique three-fold structure positions me to learn about design within communities through a broad range of experiences.