Jesse Peck, M.A.
Lecturer & Coordinator
Fresh out of college, Prof. Peck, opened and ran a cutting-edge art gallery in a mixed-use neighborhood of Spokane, Wash., that received rave reviews from the locals.
Later, she worked from a sustainability-focused design firm that specialized in the design of multi-family housing for underserved populations.
I want students to see that affordability and beauty aren’t mutually exclusive.
She drew from those experiences in conceiving an opportunity for her students to create designs for Meriden 2020 – a mixed-used housing development in one of Connecticut’s largest cities – that were presented to the city planner.
“I want students to see that affordability and beauty aren’t mutually exclusive,” she says. “Our focus is on not just making housing affordable but equitable, with the idea of bringing people of mixed incomes together and not isolating a particular population by their socioeconomic status.”