Arlen Stawasz is a passionate and forward-thinking architectural designer with expertise in flood-resilient architecture and emergency disaster response systems. Arlen has conducted extensive research in the Netherlands, Bangladesh, Germany, New Orleans, and recently Miami 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. Arlen was awarded the 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.
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, climate scientists, academics, and geologists to influence change in our nation's resilient design thinking. Arlen is the co-founder of the BSA's Committee on Resilient Environments, and he is actively influencing Boston's resilient community.
Arlen graduated from The BAC in 2013 with a Bachelor of Architecture. Arlen currently works for Perkins+Will and serves as the key ambassador for the resilient design and climate adaptation task force in the Boston office. His work experience ranges from a multitude of projects, including high rise development, civic, higher education, K-12, science and technology, energy+ residential, urban planning, and design. Arlen is a member of the Urban Land Institute and is a faculty member at The BAC. As a member of The BAC's Alumni Board, Arlen's focus is on fundraising and building scholarship opportunities for students. 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, reaching over 550 million views worldwide and translated into 9 different languages.
In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, photography, hiking, basketball, dancing, and Lebanese food.