Arlen Stawasz is a passionate and forward thinking architectural designer with expertise in flood resilient architecture and emergency disaster response systems. Arlen was awarded the prestigious John Worthington Ames Fellowship in 2013 through the Boston Architectural College that allowed him to expand his interests and learn from other countries' mitigation strategies. Arlen has conducted extensive research in the Netherlands, Bangladesh, Germany, and New Orleans to learn about the unique conditions of living with water. From policy making, community planning, and understanding the human conditions of preparing for and living with flood hazard mitigation, his work is constantly evolving, gaining national and international traction, and expanding.
His passion for resilient design and climate preparedness blossomed with his degree project thesis entitled The LOCC (Library of Climate Change). This project utilized the building program of a library as a climate awareness and educational tool that serves as a repository of information responding to the extreme weathering conditions as predicted in the future. Arlen is actively cataloging and sharing his research with policy makers, city officials, and academics to influence Boston's design thinking.
Arlen currently works for Perkins+Will and serves as the key ambassador for the resiliency task force in the Boston office. His work experience ranges from a multitude of projects, including high rise development, civic, academic, energy+ residential, urban planning and design. Arlen is also a member of the Urban Land Institute and serves as an instructor of the BAC faculty and an active member of the Alumni Board. In the fall of 2014, Arlen contributed to the Urban Land Institute's Living with Water Report which was featured in the Boston Globe and BBC news.
In his spare time he enjoys traveling, photography, hiking, basketball, dancing, and Lebanese food.