2017 Collaborative Achievement Award Recipient
The Collaborative Achievement Award recognizes the excellence that results when architects work with those from outside the profession to improve the spaces where people live and work.
For nearly two decades, the Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellowship has served as a quiet but influential force that constructs career pathways for those with an interest in social impact design. One of the most important U.S. programs for emerging architects, it has supported 69 fellows who have worked as leaders in shaping community-based design and development.
Founded with a mission to integrate ideals of design excellence within organizations that work with underserved communities, the fellowship has paired its fellows with over 75 organizations serving diverse geographies and communities. Enterprise Rose Fellows, represented by the country’s finest early-career architects, are continually engaged in pressing issues and propelling the profession forward. They have been stationed on the frontlines of resiliency work along the Gulf Coast and in New York, have fought for culturally and environmentally sustainable housing for American Indian communities, and have been involved in a number of award-winning creative placemaking initiatives.
In Los Angeles, Rose Fellow Theresa Hwang collaborated with the Skid Row Housing Trust and Michael Maltzan Architecture to evolve the organization’s approach to tackling homelessness. As evident in its Star Apartments project, Skid Row Housing Trust now believes that supportive housing can be a boon for both its residents and neighborhoods. The building’s on-site health clinic is open to anyone in the neighborhood, and ground-level retail provides employment opportunities for residents and a boost in economic activity.
Enterprise’s success in facilitating these collaborative relationships between architects and the community development field is due in large part to the vision of the organization’s leaders. Vice president Katie Swenson, a former Rose Fellow who is a leader in sustainable design in low-income communities, oversees Enterprise’s Design Initiatives. After her tenure as a Fellow, Swenson established the Charlottesville [Va.] Community Design Center and, through her leadership, envisioned an acclaimed design competition held in partnership with Habitat for Humanity. All of the innovative solutions captured through the competition are laid out in Growing Urban Habitats: Seeking a New Housing Development Model, which Swenson co-authored.
The impact and success of the Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellowship is felt in its ability to define and influence public policy and the frameworks for the design of buildings and communities. What’s more, it has established a network of powerful young architects who are deeply committed to serving the public.