Nathan Poel is a Rose Fellow in Yakima, Wash. with the Office of Rural and Farmworker Housing (ORFH), where he has worked to build healthy communities and affordable housing for migrant farmworkers. ORFH serves a community of predominantly first or second-generation Latino migrant workers who struggle to find affordable housing in the rural region.
Focused primarily on farmworker housing, Nathan hosted a design competition for proposed farmworker housing in Sunnyside, Wash in 2012. Nathan also facilitated a design charrette for Catholic Charities Housing Services’ new development in Prosser, focused on the green aspects of the development and improving the site plan, and led the conversion of a former retail site into a community center and shelter.
Nathan is a LEED AP and holds a Master of Architecture from the University of Oregon where he was cofounder of HINGE, a student group for the discussion of social justice in architecture.