PathStone Selected to Host Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellowship

Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellowship

PathStone in Puerto Rico has been selected as a host organization for the “The Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellowship.”  The mission of the Rose Fellowship is to inspire and nurture a new generation of architects as lifelong leaders dedicated to creating sustainable communities for people at all income levels. 

 The Rose Fellows use their design and organizational skills to help their host organization create or preserve sustainable, affordable home and much-needed community facilities for low-income people in underserved communities.  They live where they work, forging community ties, developing leadership skills and expanding the capacity of the local host organization to execute projects with the best possible designs, meaningful community engagement and the most advanced green building features.

Chosen competitively from among the best and brightest emerging architects in the country, the Fellows work for three years as part of the host organization’s staff, assisting with real estate development tasks such as neighborhood planning, site acquisition, site planning, architectural plans, proformas, financing applications and public approvals.  Fellows are expected to help their host organization improve standards and practices for quality design, sustainability, and community engagement.

The host provides mentorship and guidance, supporting the development of the Fellow’s career by providing the necessary assignments, work environment, supervision and fringe benefits.  The host organization benefits from the skills, passion and commitment of a Rose Fellow, who works as a team member on the host’s staff to fulfill the mission of the organization.

As PathStone strives to increase its capacity to provide safe, decent, affordable housing on the Island, the Fellow will work with PathStone’s Puerto Rico development team to spearhead the creation of design standards that incorporate state-of-the-art design suited to the culture and availability of sustainable materials on the Island, and to identify and incorporate community planning principles into site decisions.

Specifically, the Fellow will be involved with PathStone farmworker housing projects in Orocovis and Lajas.  In Orocovis the Fellow will develop a housing concept and site plan that is feasible, green and reflects the needs of the farmworker population, and will obtain preliminary zoning permits.  In Lajas, the Fellow will review proposed site and building plans and analyze how they would successfully meet the needs of future residents, funding sources and green/sustainable criteria, and provide recommendations to the community.

The Fellow will also work with stakeholders to develop a housing model that reflects the best in design principles while being in conformance with funders’ requirements and meeting green/sustainable criteria.  The Fellow will work with the development team to review/revise/adapt PathStone’s “Project Selection Criteria” (Go/No Go) to the differences/realities of development decisions in Puerto Rico. 

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