As an architect, I enjoy bringing my passion for good design to both the office and to the community. I feel that having connections with the larger community strengthens my ability to connect with the people who interact with our buildings every day. Many of the projects I work on are schools, so I particularly enjoy working with students and helping them understand the challenges of the built environment they live in. To expand my interaction with students I recently joined ULI (the Urban Land Institute) and became a volunteer in their UrbanPlan program.
Since I have joined the program I have had the opportunity to facilitate classroom discussions at Boston Latin School and at Bedford High School. Both were fun and fulfilling experiences; as I engaged with the students on their projects, I challenged them to think creatively and critically about the problems and issues at hand.
Below is an overview of the UrbanPlan program. For more information, check out their website.
What Is UrbanPlan?
UrbanPlan is a realistic, engaging, and academically demanding classroom-based curriculum in which students learn about the fundamental forces that affect development in the United States. Students experience the challenging issues, private and public sector roles, complex trade-offs, and fundamental economics in play when proposing realistic land use solutions to vexing growth challenges.
I look forward of many more years of volunteering and interacting with our local community students.