The architecture department collaborates with Wentworth’s Center for Community and Learning Partnerships to enrich students’ learning experience by applying their professional training in a service environment. Community learning opportunities are available at Wentworth through work-study and co-op, service learning, alternative spring break programs, scholarships, and through department clubs.
The architecture program features studios where students work directly with local communities. For instance, fourth-year students have collaborated with several Boston neighborhood organizations to develop urban proposals for Allston, the Fenway, East Boston, and Roslindale. These plans have made a measurable difference in people’s lives by helping communities understand development options and the potential for new commercial hubs and housing sites.
Beyond Boston, the department has been involved in serving communities in need. For instance, a sustained initiative was developed in response to Hurricane Katrina, occurring over the course of the five years after the storm. Students and faculty worked in conjunction with groups and institutions in New Orleans, contributing through design studio research and hands-on construction during trips to the city. Such experiences train students in urban and community involvement, encouraging a focus on real-world problems and demonstrating the power of design to offer effective real-world solutions.