DESIGN WITH PURPOSE I co-founded Studio Luz in Boston, Massachusetts nearly 20 years ago, I embrace a collaborative design approach rooted in explorations of culture, identity, and community. Community engagement and public outreach are foundational aspects of my architectural practice. Every element of the built environment has a social impact. I interrogate the distinctive social implications of each project, identifies the factors at play, and expresses each through design. For multifamily urban housing, I elicit residents’ desires and integrates them into responses that offer the community both historical continuity and progressive.
In 2010, I co-founded a non-profit organization BR+A+CE, which enables artists and designers to engage the community on social, economic, and cultural issues.
DEDICATION TO PUBLIC SERVICE The city of Boston and the state of Massachusetts have recognized me as a leading consultant on the role of small businesses and minority-led architecture firms in the development landscape. As a member of the state’s Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance Designer Selection Board, I work to identify and remove obstacles for procurement for minority-led firms. Through my civic service, teaching and research, and, most fundamentally, my architecture practice, I demonstrate how design can lead the way to a more just, more sustainable, and more beautiful future.