Why is design an important part of revitalizing communities?
Design allows communities to re-imagine a new possibility for themselves, it can help empower them so that they can have agency and shape the world around them and determine their own future.
What has been most surprising, rewarding, or fun about working on a project with the Collaborative?
It was especially meaningful to me to be able to work on the Design AID project with the Nationalities Service Center, their work surrounding immigrants’ rights is important for so many communities in Philadelphia. I also learned so much about helping to create an inclusive community engagement process with the Sacred Places/Civic Spaces project.
It’s very rewarding to help a community or non-profit realize their vision for their project or their space. It reminds me of the reason why I became an architect in the first place, which is to help improve the quality of life for all people through the built environment.
What do you love most about Philly?
So many things! I love that the city is steeped in history. I love that it has the feel of a small town in a big city. I love aimlessly walking around the streets and finding beautiful buildings hidden in narrow alleys. I love that everything I need is within walking distance. I love the people. But most of all, I love the food! I can’t live in a city without Asian food. When I get a craving for a taste of my homeland, I’m so lucky to have so many Indonesian food options.