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When you acknowledge that good design is a process of considering problems and finding solutions, and that its not just a commodity for sale, it becomes evident why it should be available to everyone.

Carley Chastain

Global Health Corps Fellow
Kigali, Rwanda

Carley joined MASS as a GHC Design Fellow in July 2018. Born and raised in Northern Alabama, she attended Auburn University and studied abroad at Istanbul Technical University, graduating in 2017 with a Bachelor of Architecture.
She spent her fifth year of architecture school living Hale County, Alabama, studying and swinging a hammer at Auburn University's renowned design/build program, Rural Studio. Her work there contributed to the 20K Initiative, a program which has been using architectural education to face the challenges of affordable housing in rural America since 2005. Carley and her teammates designed and built Rural Studio's twenty-first home in the 20K Initiative, known as Buster's Home, and used post-occupancy research of the prior 20K Homes to inform design strategies in creating a right-sized footprint and reducing energy use.

Before coming to MASS, she journeyed across the USA from Alabama to Lakeside, Montana where she worked as an AmeriCorps fellow with architecture nonprofit 100 Fold Studio to champion sustainable design practices in Montana, the prettiest state West of the Mississippi.