Francisco Colom, MDes 2019

Summer 2018

Organization: MASS Design Group, Boston, MA

Sponsor: Joint Center for Housing Studies Community Service Fellowship


“In recent weeks, I have been combining my work on the hospital in western Africa with a new project in a vulnerable community in South America. The project focuses on the integral improvement of a neighborhood by promoting, guaranteeing and strengthening the active participation of the community in all dimensions of the process. In this way, community participation strategies become central to the design process.

Collaborating on this project has allowed me to understand the importance of looking at the built environment from the perspective of the end user. In that sense, MASS understands that architecture is not about static objects but about dynamic processes that should always be led by the people we’re trying to serve.”

In the picture: a collaborative exercise happening at MASS