“In order for architecture to serve the community, we need break the mold of traditional practice. We must engage in a more community-driven and political process; helping governments, non-profits, and the general public develop creative and thoughtful solutions. As a Rose Fellow, I am excited to engage with those partners to create a better and more equitable built environment.”
At The Trust for Public Land, Seema will focus on the issue of park creation and its relationship to displacement. She will be splitting her efforts between research, collecting case studies on how park development can successfully engage questions of housing equity and displacement, and testing those ideas on the ground efforts with local Parks for People projects in St. Paul and Cleveland. She hopes to develop strategies to strengthen community agency and advocacy, partner with affordable housing groups and community development organizations to build resilient neighborhoods, and work with local government to effectively address housing equity issues.
Seema holds a Masters in Architecture and a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Yale University.