“As a Rose Fellow, I hope to facilitate meaningful interactions to help communities grow in the places they live. I am excited to develop a planning process that is appropriate to the unique character, history and culture of the Cleveland neighborhoods BBC and DSCDO work within.”
Erick is working with Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization (DSCDO) and Burten, Bell, Carr (BBC) Development, Inc. to further the development of the EcoDistrict framework and to enhance coordination and collaboration across Cleveland neighborhoods with a broad group of community stakeholders. The City of Cleveland, BBC and DSCDO are contributing to an international dialogue about the development and implementation of EcoDistricts, and Erick is crafting a comprehensive set of strategies that will serve as a useful tool, for both city leaders and community members, to recognize ways their neighborhoods can come together to appropriate sustainability as an essential part of their community.
Erick is also working to strengthen BBC and DSCDO’s ability to push the envelope on green affordable housing and neighborhood sustainability projects. Working through challenges at multiple scales, Erick helps in identifying, organizing and implementing initiatives that support sustainability throughout Cleveland neighborhoods.
After graduating from Woodbury University with a Bachelor of Architecture, Erick worked as a project designer at Suisman Urban Design in Santa Monica, Calif, and at Co.HAB Design LLC in Los Angeles. He has been recognized as the AIA Henry Adams Award Recipient for Architectural Excellence and the Child and Family Guidance Center Champion for Children.