“I believe architects have a responsibility to empower citizens to forge their own communities. My desire to improve our built environment is equaled only by my desire to assist and engage with those around me. The Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellowship will allow me to pursue these two passions concurrently. It will create an environment where my design abilities and my social interests can be actively engaged.”
Esteban is spending his fellowship with CAMBA Housing Ventures, a Brooklyn-based nonprofit developer that builds sustainable, energy-efficient and safe housing for low-income and formerly homeless families and individuals. He is charged with helping CAMBA Housing Ventures find opportunities for improvement in their existing design and construction methods while also investigating approaches. By introducing CAMBA to successful international housing precedents and state-of-the-art fabrication and design tools, he works to increase the architectural possibilities of each project.
Esteban is involved in CAMBA’s inspiring project to convert several King’s County Hospital buildings into sustainable low-income and transitional housing, with the goal of creating a national model for transforming the expanding roles of urban hospitals. While gaining exposure to the complexities of finance, design and execution that constitute large-scale urban projects, Esteban contributes his design and project management skills to multiple projects in the development pipeline. He also works to spread successful housing models throughout New York State and elsewhere.
While earning his Master of Architecture at Columbia University, Esteban received Columbia's Building Systems Excellence Award. Esteban has also received the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute's "Latino Leaders of Tomorrow" award, the U.S. Swiss Embassy's "Thinkswiss" Scholar's grant, and was awarded Honorable Mention by the Queens AIA for "Innovative Student Housing Solutions." Prior to the fellowship, he served as a project architect for Lynne Breslin Architects in New York. A native New Yorker, Esteban is an accredited LEED GA professional.