During my Loeb year, I recruited eight GSD students to work with me on the design of a community center for a collaborative of women artists from Khayelitsha Township, outside of Cape Town, South Africa. I introduced the project during a charrette at the GSD in January of 2007. The students, representing all GSD departments, were eager to meet and interact with the end-users. After a semester’s worth of work, a client visit/pin-up, five of the eight students received travel fellowships, to go to Cape Town and work with the women clients to complete the design of the eKhaya eKasi (Home in the Hood) Community Center. A year later, the center was completed and opened to a joyous and grateful community! In my career to date, I have been fortunate to have many projects that I am proud of, but none even comes close to this one.
Upon my return to the US General Services Administration at the conclusion of my Fellowship year, I felt an enhanced sense of confidence and passion about my life and my job. I have internalized the many positive educational, cultural and social experiences of the Fellowship. The Fellowship has given me the confidence to face the unknown with great excitement and anticipation.