Tara Siegel
Pratt Center for Community Development
New York


“Being a Rose Fellow in New York City comes with an extraordinary number of challenges and opportunities. One of the most valuable lessons I have learned is the importance of patience, persistence, and partnerships with other individuals and organizations in all of my work.”
Tara Siegel’s Rose Fellowship with New York’s Pratt Center for Community Development proved a valuable step in a career already dedicated to community development. As co-chair of the New Housing New York (NHNY) Steering Committee, Tara led a team of professionals and city agencies through the organization, development and implementation of a remarkable competition for a multi-family housing project in the Bronx.

Billed as the first-ever, juried, architect-developer design competition for affordable and sustainable housing in New York City, the competition was supported by a $30,000 Enterprise grant, and the site was won by Phipps Rose Dattner Grimshaw. Tara’s tasks included forming collaborations between several agencies, among them the city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development and the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

Other triumphs of Tara’s fellowship work included helping to ensure that 60 units of affordable rental housing with space for a farmer’s market would be developed on an East New York site. In addition, she served on advisory boards for the NY City Council and the NYC Administration for Children’s Services planning and setting policy for early childhood facilities within the city.

Today, Tara continues to work in New York in the community design field as program manager in architecture and planning for the Low Income Investment Fund. Tara holds a Master of Architecture from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Arts in architectural studies from the University of Washington. She recently completed a book that documents the process of the NHNY Legacy Project Competition, and is in the process of writing a child care facility design and development guide.

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