Arrowstreet is proud to announce the selection of two designers, Suleman Gajere, AIA and Victoria Wright, to the 2018 cohort of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Pathways to Inclusion Initiative.
The Pathways to Inclusion Initiative is a partnership between the ULI Boston/New England District Council, the Builders of Color Coalition, African American Real Estate Professionals (AAREP) New England, and the City of Boston Office of Resilience and Racial Equity and is designed to broaden ULI membership and expand the professional networks of minority developers and land use professionals in New England.
The Pathways to Inclusion program will provide up to 25 individuals of color a scholarship to the 2018 Fall Meeting to be held in Boston October 8th – 11th, 2018 in addition to a one-year ULI membership. This is a value of more than $2,700. This program will also provide a suggested track of programming at the Fall Meeting to mentor the group through key relationships and strengthen the cohort. After the conclusion of the Fall Meeting, the program will provide three cohort convenings during the one-year program to create structured connections to key Boston real estate leaders.
According to Gajere, his interest in participating in the program is grounded in a desire to better understand the intersection of architecture and development: “I am very interested in how communities and cities are shaped and I want to make a lasting impact in their development by being able to not only influence the architecture but also to make decisions in terms of what is built, where, how, and when. ULI is quite unique in its intersection of so many disciplines around the broad subject of land use and development. I am excited to become a member and look forward to engaging with peers and gleaning knowledge from more experienced in the industry.”
For Wright, it was about gaining a broader understanding of market trends and influences: “Because the real estate and development industry is so pertinent to my day-to-day practice, I’m looking to gain new insights and perspective from professionals who are passionate about the work they do. As someone who strongly believes in the power of architecture and its impact on people and communities, the ULI Content Pillar stating that ‘housing is a fundamental underpinning of healthy and thriving communities’ particularly resonates with me and I look forward to using my tenure in the cohort to put that idea into practice.”
The Annual Fall Meeting brings together over 6,000 land use and real estate professionals from around the globe. The Pathways to Inclusion Initiative has been made possible with the support of JP Morgan Chase & Co, Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston and the ULI Boston/New England District Council.