I believe that place-based architecture, as a synthesis of local knowledge and systems thinking, has the ability to create incredible social change.
As a native to Phoenix, Arizona, Josh attended Architecture School at Arizona State University. While attending, he was awarded an independent travel grant allowing him to conduct research on the social housing innovations of Alejandro Aravena in Chile. He had the opportunity to speak with residents about the design of their space, and the building’s impact on their quality of life. Upon returning, Josh has been excited to bring back the enthusiasm of social impact design into his education. He has since led a community action team to design and build a space for the local refugee community, and conducted his thesis on the preservation of Native American storytelling culture through architecture.