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Third Architecture Alum Receives Prestigious Rose Fellowship

When Mark Matel was awarded a prestigious Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellowship, he joined two other School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture alumni in this highly select group of young architects who are passionate about design excellence, sustainability, and community engagement. Matel, a 2011 graduate of the Master of Design-Build program (now Master of Integrated Design and Construction), is among five chosen for the class of 2012–2014 Rose Fellows. He will be working for Nuestra Comunidad in the Roxbury neighborhood, a community in Boston, MA, to redevelop Bartlett Yards, a former transit yard, into a sustainable residential and commercial node.

Other Auburn Architecture alumni in this elite group include Daniel Splaingard and Steven Hoffman. Splaingard, a 2006 Architecture graduate, is in the 2009-2012 Enterprise Rose Fellows class and is being hosted by the Bickedike Redevelopment Corporation in Chicago, Illinois. Using Bickedike’s acclaimed holistic approach to community development, Splaingard is developing and designing urgently needed affordable rental housing. His responsibilities include community outreach and financing and managing construction through LEED certification. Steven Hoffman, a 1997 Architecture alumnus, was in the first class of Rose Fellows (2000-2003) and completed his Fellowship at the Hale Empowerment and Revitalization Organization (HERO) in Greensboro, Alabama. He worked with HERO to design and build several unique homes for poor families. Hoffman is currently practicing architecture in New York City, while developing an independent nonprofit, design-build company focused on providing other nonprofits with affordable architecture and construction services.

As David Hinson, Head of the School of Architecture, Planning and landscape Architecture explains, “The world has come to know Auburn as a place where students learn that becoming an architect means becoming an engaged community leader. We like to describe this ethic as being ‘in the Auburn DNA.’ We are extremely proud of Mark, Daniel, and Steven; and of the values they have put into action as Rose Fellows.

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