Michael Chavez
Fairmount/Indigo Line CDC Collaborative


“Being an Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellow will not only significantly expand my capabilities as a designer and community leader, but also solidify all the efforts I’ve been making since I was a young man looking for solutions to improve and empower the environment and people around me.”

As an Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellow, Michael works with the Fairmount/Indigo Line CDC Collaborative to spearhead a sustainable, smart growth agenda along the 9-mile Fairmount commuter rail line in Boston. The line runs through some of the city’s most impoverished and predominantly minority neighborhoods in Dorchester, Mattapan and Hyde Park. The Collaborative seeks to enhance these communities through developing affordable housing as well as bringing economic opportunities, streetscape improvements and other amenities to the residents. Michael works to increase the Collaborative’s capacity to engage its constituent neighborhoods in the design process for the transit-oriented development and helps to demonstrate the positive impacts of holistic design on low-income neighborhoods to funders and policy-makers.

Michael’s focus is not only on housing but also on expanding green space, access to local and healthy agriculture, public art, commercial space for local businesses and space for youth organizations and workforce training. He works to expand his understanding and skills in how to mitigate gentrification, improve transit equity, design and build in an eco-friendly manner, and help grow a long-term local economy through smart transit-oriented design in the neighborhoods where he works.

Originally from Albuquerque, N.M., Michael graduated with a Master of Architecture from Boston Architectural College and is a LEED AP. He worked as the Director of Project Development and Management at YouthBuild Boston for five years and has experience in local firms Boehm Architecture and studio TROIKA.

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