The Boston Society of Architects challenged four interdisciplinary design teams, led by Brian Healy FAIA, Eric Höweler AIA, Beth Whittaker AIA, and the BSA Emerging Professionals Network, to suggest new housing plans for a parcel in Dorchester, MA.
The idea was to answer Boston Mayor Marty Walsh's call to create 53,000 new workforce housing units by 2030. The site, on Dorchester Avenue (between the Broadway and Andrew MBTA Red Line stops), is uninhabited, convenient to two T stations and large enough for fourt distinct projects. The designs each team presented answered a mulititude of questions, from how many parking spaces to work with, to lving in your work space, to community gardening programs that would provide extra elbow room to micro-unit dwellers.
See Part One: Urban Design in Dorchester
BIO: Tim Love
Tim Love is the current president of the BSA and the founding principal of Utile. Love’s primary focus is the relationship between individual works of architecture and the larger city – both through his work as an architect and urban designer.
BIO: Sheila Dillon
In her role at the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development, Sheila Dillon has oversight of the Section 8 Program, the Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program, and many of the State’s homeless programs. During her time as Deputy Director of Housing at DND, she oversaw affordable housing development and homeless programs, including management of Community Development Block Grants, Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG) and several other programs. After leaving DND, she assumed the role of Deputy Director of Housing at the Boston Redevelopment Authority, where she created housing policy for the City of Boston and managed the Inclusionary Development Program. Before leaving the City, she served as Mayor Menino’s Housing Advisor. Prior to her tenure with the City of Boston, Dillon was Director of Real Estate Development at the Massachusetts Housing Partnership Fund and Director of Housing Development at Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation.
BIO: Nader Tehrani
Nader Tehrani is an Iranian American designer and educator. He was born in England, raised in Pakistan, South Africa, Iran, and the United States. With degrees from Harvard and RISD, he was also educated in London and Rome during his college years.
BIO: Dan D'Oca
Daniel D’Oca is an urban planner. He is Design Critic in Urban Planning and Design at the Harvard Design School, where he received a Master in Urban Planning degree.
BIO: Edward Nardi
Ed has 30+ years of real estate development, investment and management experience. He founded Cresset to focus on opportunities solely in New England, principally the Greater Boston area. Since the firm’s inception in 2000, he has been involved in all aspects of the company’s projects, which have an approximate aggregate total of $400 million.
Prior to founding Cresset, he was president and a principal of the three operating companies of Intercontinental, a group of real estate development, construction and management companies based in Boston.