Evangeline Sheridan, MLA 2019
Organization: Santa Fe Art Institute, Santa Fe, NM
Sponsor: Doebele Community Service Fellowship
“This week SFAI hosted four Loeb Fellow Alumni for a special convening. Jamie Blosser, also a Loeb Alum, brought them in to consult on the Midtown Linc project here in Santa Fe. The site is the former campus of The Santa Fe University of Art and Design and is currently owned by the city. At 64 acres, it is a huge undertaking the city needs help coordinating.
During the two days that they were here, I sat in on some of their work sessions and listened to the process. I was quickly exposed to the agility the Loeb Fellows have in planning and processing the needs of a complex city. They quickly digested the problems of limited housing, a highly segregated city, lack of community engagement, and a site that is perfectly poised to be a great city center. They then worked to create a plan to move forward.
As they coordinated a plan of action, I mocked up a drawing to explain how their plan would work on the site. I created 6 slides that showed a plan drawing of each stage of implementation from the existing features of the site, to the construction of two new roads, to the proposed development of housing and education. Once the presentation was completed, we rendezvoused at the city convention center to present the ideas to the Mayor and some City Council members. The fast process resulted in great ideas and an impressive display of planning capacity.
The Loeb Fellow Alumni are:
Marc Norman is the Founder and Principal of Ideas and Action a consulting firm, along with being an associate professor of practice at the University of Michigan, Taubman School of Architecture and Urban Planning.
Daniel Hernandez is the Founder and Principal of Proyecto LLC. His experience includes real estate development, planning, and being Deputy Commissioner at the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development.
Deborah Freidan is the Principal of Deborah Freidan and Associates a consulting firm. With a strong background in the museum and cultural sector, she often engages community and arts engagement in her consulting work.
Jair Lynch is President and CEO of Jair Lynch Real Estate Partners. He has worked as a private real estate investor and advisor located in Silicon Valley, CA and Washington, DC.”