“I strongly believe that civic participation plays a fundamental role in ensuring inclusive and sustainable design and planning practices. Through the Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellowship, I will engage Bostonians in the development of design guidelines to improve the city’s transportation networks. I am eager to put my skills in design, urban planning and community outreach to work in advancing efforts for a more human-centered public realm in Boston.”
Irene is joining A Better City (ABC), a nonprofit organization committed to improve the quality of life and economic competitiveness of the greater Boston area through transportation, land development and environmental initiatives. Along with ABC and the Boston Transportation Department, Irene will work on conceptual design case studies and implementation strategies to introduce creative public realm planning into transportation projects in the city. She will also examine regional trends and identify locations for future initiatives.
Irene Figueroa Ortiz earned a dual master's degree in architecture and urban planning from Harvard University Graduate School of Design. The American Planning Association granted her and a team of classmates the 2015 AICP Student Project Award for Application of the Planning Process for "Connect Chelsea: Three Visions for a Gateway City." In 2014, she was a summer fellow at the Boston’s Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics. Prior to joining the fellowship, she worked as an urban designer for Gamble Associates.