National Program Brings Architectural Fellow to Central and Kinsman

Join us as we welcome Erick Rodriguez to the BBC staff!

BBC and Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization (DSCDO) were awarded one of six Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellows through a national competition. The prestigious three-year fellowship allows a well-credentialed architect to be embedded within a community development organization to share his/her skills and expertise in design.

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Erick (left) is leading a community design process for the site adjacent to the E 79th St Blue/Green RTA Rapid Station.

Through a highly competitive process, BBC and DSCDO selected Erick Rodriquez as our fellow. Erick, a young architect from Los Angeles, CA, has worked on a variety of projects, from detailed designs of individual buildings to large-scale community plans. He also founded a nonprofit organization called CITY ART PLAY that focuses on creating rich outdoor learning experiences in urban communities.

“My goal is to implement my design skills to help educate and build meaningful spaces that people are proud to call home,” says Erick. “I want to develop a more expansive definition of architecture that goes beyond the building.”

Erick will play a key role in BBC’s neighborhood planning efforts for Central and Kinsman, as well as furthering BBC’s efforts to cultivate the Kinsman as an environmentally sustainable neighborhood. He will spend half of his time working in the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood on the near west side of Cleveland.

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