BAC Announces 2016 Huxtable Fellows

Four BAC Students Exemplify College’s Commitment to Service Learning

2015 Huxtables Working on the Living With Water Exhibit at the Boston Society of Architects

2015 Huxtable Fellows Working on the Living With Water Exhibit at the Boston Society of Architects; Photo Courtesy Ben Peterson

Introducing the 2016 Huxtable Fellows

The Boston Architectural College is pleased to announce the 2016 Ada Louise Huxtable Fellows: Giovanna Araujo, Daniela Coray, Anna Mezheritskaya, and David Morgan.

The Ada Louise Huxtable Fellowship in Civic Engagement and Service Learning is funded by a grant from OneWorld Boston, a grant-making entity of the Cummings Foundation. The Huxtable Fellowship is affiliated with the BAC's Gateway Initiative, a program that provides pro-bono design services by students and faculty to nonprofit and municipal agencies throughout the greater Boston area.

The Fellowship provides funding for these four students to work on design, research, and advocacy projects with MASS Design Group's design team, while supporting and strengthening their work through directed research initiatives in design and community engagement and will receive stipends to promote design leadership in community service throughout the year.

This year, working in collaboration with Boston Healthcare for the Homeless, the Huxtable Fellows will be examining the spatial complexities of homelessness, mental health, and addiction in the geography of ‘Recovery Road,' or less lovingly, ‘Methadone Mile,' and will be testing the limits of design, design thinking, and design practice as vehicles for engaging with these issues.

The Huxtable Fellows

Giovanna AraujoGiovanna Araujo, Bachelor of Architecture candidate. Born and raised in Sao Paulo, Brazil, she has experienced how architecture shapes our place in the world-materially, formally, and culturally-and she believes that access to quality spatial design is a basic human right. Prior to moving to Boston, she worked for an Indianapolis based design firm, for a construction company as a carpenter, and as a member of a research team investigating resilient housing design and policies for natural disaster response in vulnerable communities.  Most recently, she has worked in Construction Administration at YouthBuild Boston, collaborating on the planning and execution of LEED affordable housing projects. Giovanna has been selected as the 2016 AIA 2030 Commitment Report Fellow working directly with the Boston Society of Architects Committee on the Environment chairs (BSA COTE) and is a 2014 USGBC GreenBuild Scholar.

Daniela CorayDaniela Coray, Master of Landscape Architecture candidate. Originally from Northern Virginia, Daniela has spent the past eight years developing her career in landscape and public art.  Having completed her undergraduate degree in Landscape Design at Falmouth University in the UK, she continued her studies pursuing a Masters in Environmental Art and a Masters in Illustration.  Daniela is dedicated to discovering the intersections between landscape architecture, public art and ecology in an effort to develop social impact initiatives.  Daniela currently works as Research and Production Assistant for the School of Landscape Architecture.

Anna MezheritskayaAnna Mezheritskaya, Bachelor of Architecture candidate.  Anna was born in St. Petersburg, Russia and immigrated to California at the age of 10.   She has a background in the Liberal Arts, professional experience with institutional and educational projects as a designer at Boston-based Wilson Architects, and a passion for sustainable design.  Anna has served as a teaching assistant and design leader on a recent Gateway project in collaboration with Higher Ground Boston and the Higginson Elementary School in Roxbury.  As a young designer, Anna hopes to discover and explore ways to make positive change in the world through architectural practice. Her academic goal is to learn more about different modes of civic engagement through design and apply them professionally to influence more social sustainability and equity in the built environment.

David MorganDavid Morgan, Bachelor of Architecture candidate.  Originally from New Hampshire and Vermont, David grew up in a town populated by more cows than people.  While enrolled at the BAC, David has participated in community-supported, climate resiliency and adaptation planning initiatives in partnership with the Neighborhood of Affordable Housing in East Boston.  As a supplement to this work, David spent a summer traveling to learn lessons from communities facing similar challenges in New York City, New Orleans, Houston, and San Francisco. Most recently, David has worked as a designer with IKD in Boston and is the recipient of the Tappe Fontainbleau Prize for study in residence at the Fontainebleau School of Music and Fine Arts, France. He has turned to a variety of sources for guidance and inspiration, but owes the bulk of his achievements to his friend, guardian, and mentor, Artemis the prairie falcon.