In September, Enterprise Community Partners, Inc. named four Fellows to the 2010-2013 class of its Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellowship program, including its first Fellow in Puerto Rico, Juan Calaf. The national fellowship is highly competitive and partners emerging architectural leaders with community developers for three years.
Juan will work with PathStone’s development team in Orocovis and Lajas, Puerto Rico to create design standards, incorporating state-of-the-art design and community planning principles better suited to the culture and sustainable resources available on the island.
Juan earned a Bachelor of Architecture from Syracuse University. After graduation, Juan moved to Los Angeles and volunteered with an Enterprise Rose Fellow alumnus to help a local community turn a dilapidated garden into a renewed community resource. Juan also worked for Asian Neighborhood Design in San Francisco, working on community engagement processes, housing policy and sustainability.
“I have long believed that social change happens in part through people actively participating as designers and builders of their own communities,” said Juan. “This can only be achieved through a process that promotes self-determination and redirects the role of the architect as a community facilitator rather than as a master planner.”
For more information on the Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellowship please visit http://www.rosefellowship.org/index.php