M Arch, 2000

Congratulations to Katie W. Swenson (M Arch, 2000) for receiving a 2018-2019 Loeb Fellowship from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. 

Each year, the Fellowship selects a group of exceptional mid-career practitioners who influence the shaping of the built and natural environment, for a year of independent study at Harvard University. The fellows receive financial support and virtually unlimited access to the educational resources of Harvard and MIT. Representing a broad spectrum of expertise–architects, public artists, urban planners, journalists, landscape architects, civic leaders, policy makers–they come from around the world with a common purpose: to strengthen their ability to advance positive social outcomes and support a more equitable collective future. After stepping away from their professional lives for a transformative year of learning in residence, they join a powerful worldwide network of over 450 lifelong Loeb fellows.

Katie is one of 9 fellows this year and is the V.P. of Design and Sustainability, Enterprise Community Partners in Boston, Massachusetts.

Katie W. Swenson is a nationally recognized design leader, researcher, writer, and educator. She is vice president of Design at Enterprise Community Partners, where her work investigates how critical design practice promotes economic and social equity, environmental sustainability, and healthy communities. A member of the second class of the Enterprise Rose Fellowship, Katie has led the program since 2007 and nurtured a diverse network of design leaders fostering community revitalization and affordable housing development and supporting the healing of diverse communities throughout the US. The fellowship has been showcased at the Museum of Modern Art, the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, the New York Center for Architecture, and the National Building Museum and been recognized by the American Institute of Architects for its groundbreaking work. Katie founded the Charlottesville Community Design Center, is on the board of MASS Design Group, and has received numerous design and social innovation awards. She has written extensively about design activism and community design.