Ending Homelessness
Inspiring Design: Creating Beautiful, Just, and Resilient Places in America

Hosted in partnership with the Northeastern University School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and the Kitty and Michael Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy as a part of its 2021 Spring Myra Kraft Open Classroom, Inspiring Design: Creating Beautiful, Just, and Resilient Places in America explores the role of design in cities.

The series is presented in partnership with the Association of Architecture Organizations, Association of Collegiate Schools of ArchitectureBoston Society for Architecture, and the Boston Society of Landscape Architects.

Homelessness has been a persistent and growing challenge in cities across America but, according to Community Solutions’ Founder Roseanne Haggerty, it is solvable. Rosanne shared how the vision of inclusion informed the creation of The Times Square Hotel (1997 RBA Gold Medalist) in New York City and her organization’s approach and work with cities across America. CaCo Architecture, LLC Founder Myriam Camargo shared the story of The Bridge Homeless Assistance Center (2011 RBA Gold Medalist), a complex offering shelter and coordinated services in downtown Dallas. John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects Co-Founder John Friedman shared his firm’s Open Source Homelessness Initiative, a platform offering data, information and tools to help architects and others tackle homelessness.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Understand and describe the impact of homelessness on community welfare and the economic, environmental, and social impact on cities.
  • Discuss the value of engaging in collaborative partnerships in the planning, design, and development of programs and projects that tackle homelessness.
  • Identify and describe examples of programs and projects that provide housing and resources for the homeless.
  • Identify and describe the role and contributions of design and designers in developing solutions to ending homelessness.

This session was recorded on Wednesday, March 24th, 2021 as part of Northeastern University’s Myra Kraft Open Classroom 2021 Spring series. We experienced some visual difficulties from 17:45 to 45:20 in this presentation. A more legible slide deck is available here.

ASLA and APA continuing education credits are available thanks to partnerships with Boston Society of Landscape Architects and the American Planning Association, Ohio Chapter.

Rosanne Haggerty, President and CEO, Community Solutions
Rosanne is an internationally recognized leader in developing innovative strategies to end homelessness and strengthen communities. In 1990, Rosanne founded Common Ground Community, a pioneer in the development of supportive housing and research-based practices that end homelessness. To have greater impact, she and her senior team launched Community Solutions in 2011 to help communities solve the problems that create and sustain homelessness. Rosanne is a MacArthur Foundation Fellow, Ashoka Senior Fellow and Hunt Alternative Fund Prime Mover. In 2012, she was awarded the Jane Jacobs medal for New Ideas and Activism from the Rockefeller Foundation. She serves on the boards of the Alliance for Veterans, Citizens Housing and Planning Council and Iraq-Afghanistan Veterans of America. She is a Life Trustee of Amherst College.

Myriam Camargo, Founder, CaCo Architecture, LLC
Myriam is a licensed Architect and Interior Design professional with extensive project experience with the public and private sectors and planning and designing various building types throughout the United States. A meaningful accomplishment includes the internationally recognized and ten-time award-winning Silver LEED certified project The Bridge in Dallas, Texas, the 2011 Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence Gold Medalist. Myriam founded the firm, CaCo Architecture, LLC – formerly CamargoCopeland Architects, LLP in 1985. A native of Bogota, Colombia, she received her Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree from the University of Houston.

John Friedman, Co-Founder, John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects
John co-founded JFAK in 1996. He was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and went back and forth to MIT where he studied hard, played water polo harder (3-time NCAA D3 All-American), and observed the social upheavals of the 60’s and 70’s. He then travelled and read philosophy before trading in his Speedo for a road bike, his textbooks for sketchbooks, and The Beatles for Radiohead. One thing, though, has never changed – he still marries his love of work with a longstanding and never-ending quest for the perfect taco and the perfect beach. John was elevated to Fellowship in the American Institute of Architects in 2007.

Anne-Marie Lubenau (moderator), FAIA, is the director of the Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence at the Bruner Foundation in Cambridge, Massachusetts. An architect, educator and writer, she is an advocate for engaging people in the design of the built environment and increasing awareness of its impact on our lives. She contributes regularly to national and international publications and forums on design and urban development and is a member of the Boston Civic Design Commission, Harvard GSD Alumni Council, and the Association of Architecture Organization’s board of directors. She holds a BArch from Carnegie Mellon and was a 2012 Harvard Loeb Fellow.

Ted Landsmark (facilitator) is a Distinguished Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs; Director, Kitty and Michael Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy at Northeastern University. Ted is an architect, attorney, academic, and civil rights activist who serves as one of five members of the Boston Planning and Development Agency.




The Bridge Homeless Assistance Center Case Study (2011 RBA Gold Medalist)

The Bridge Homeless Assistance Center in Dallas. Courtesy Charles David Smith.
  • The Bridge Homeless Assistance Center is a downtown campus consolidating care and services for the homeless. The Bridge Homeless Assistance Center in downtown Dallas is a shelter and transitional housing complex offering comprehensive services to homeless people. For more information about The Bridge Homeless Assistance Center check out the Rudy Bruner Award case study to learn about the project’s urban context and history, leadership and vision, collaborative partnerships, design and development, financing, operations and programming, and impact.

The Bridge Homeless Recovery Center

The Bridge Homeless Recovery Center. Courtesy of The Bridge.
  • The Bridge is a Homeless Recovery Center for individuals without a home in Dallas County. The Bridge is the only shelter in Dallas providing day shelter services to all adults experiencing homelessness. The Bridge offers basic needs services for over 800 guests every day and shelter for 300 guests each night. Through collaborative relationships with homeless services partners, The Bridge provides critical homeless recovery services to help homeless guests overcome barriers and move into a home of their own. Watch the video to learn more.

Community Solutions

  • Community Solutions is a nonprofit that leads Built for Zero, a movement of more than 80 cities and counties using data to radically change how they work and the impact they can achieve — and proving that it is possible to make homelessness rare and brief. A growing number of communities across the country are proving this is an achievable reality by reaching a milestone known as functional zero. Watch the video to learn about how Community Solutions is working with communities to solve the most persistent challenges that stand in the way.

Open Source Homelessness Initiative (OSHI)

Open Source Homelessness Initiative (OSHI). Courtesy JFAK Architects.
  • Open Source Homelessness Initiative (OSHI) is a non-profit organization that seeks innovation in the design of housing and support facilities for people experiencing homelessness. Through an open source platform that hosts shared data, resources, inspirations, and applied-design tools and solutions, OSHI connects policymakers, service providers, designers, thought leaders, and artists to collaborate on practical design solutions that prioritize human dignity and access.