Alejandra Cervantes Enriquez
Boston, MA, USA
Alejandra joined MASS in 2019 as a design researcher and is based in the Boston office. With a background in architecture practice and research, she is motivated to do work that promotes design inclusion, across all layers of difference and representation, in ways that are accessible to everyone. At MASS, she is eager to amplify research building on existing knowledge, expertise, and project work and developing new methods for design to respond to social issues that impact both the built environment and architectural practice.
Alejandra is an experienced project manager with critical organizational and accompaniment skills as well as her background in design research, community engagement, architectural design, and storytelling. At MASS, she has amplified research on trauma-informed design practices. She developed design recommendations based on the principles of trauma-informed care for Haven, a domestic violence shelter where these principles are reflected in the built environment. And more recently, her work has expanded towards the design of affordable housing, specifically healthy, affordable housing for seniors incorporating key principles of aging in community and trauma-informed design.
During her time in graduate school in Minnesota, Alejandra’s Masters research thesis explored the ways architectural projects create local economic impact in the communities in which they are built. Prior to joining MASS, she gained experience in architectural design and medical planning of critical access hospitals in the Midwest region of the United States. Born and raised in Mexico, Alejandra pursued architectural education in the United States and holds a Masters of Science in Architecture with a concentration in Research Practices from the University of Minnesota and Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Houston.