2147 Washington Street

Roxbury, MA –

The DREAM Collaborative and New Atlantic Development team was selected to redevelop 2147 Washington Street in Dudley Square. The new 6-story building will create an active live/work/play environment that encourages community engagement with daytime and evening activity. Project highlights include:

  • Housing without displacement
  • 74 new residential units (95% affordable) with live/work opportunities for creative professionals
  • Elevation of the community through economic development
  • Inclusion of Haley House as a significant formal partner
  • 1,413 square feet of affordable retail/commercial space
  • Supporting local artists and entrepreneurs through 7 individual work-only studios and 1,224 sf shared workspace
  • Robust community participation
DREAM Collaborative and New Atlantic Development bring an unparalleled commitment to the social and economic vitality of Roxbury community.

The design will create affordable home ownership and rental units to support the continuing revitalization of Dudley Square; encourage working artists and entrepreneurship; provide a welcoming building that respects the architectural character of its neighbors; and incorporates the needs and desires of the non-profit Haley House to ensure its future success and growth. The ground floor of the building will include 7 individual work-only studio spaces as well as 1,246 sf of shared workspace, which fosters accessibility and equitable opportunity to people of all socioeconomic backgrounds. 1,400 sf of flexible retail/commercial space also on the ground floor could provide performance space, a gallery or a restaurant/bar.

Active courtyard connecting cafe guests, residents, and working artists.

2147 Washington will contribute to the continued development of a strong and united Roxbury at “the Heart of the City” by creating affordable housing and artist live/work spaces, boosting economic development, and providing job opportunities for residents.

Related article: Why We Love Roxbury

Dudley Commercial Competition

Roxbury, MA

DREAM Collaborative participated in the design competition for a mixed-use development aimed at the revitalization of Dudley Square in Roxbury. The lively 387,300 sf mixed-use development provides 196 new units of mixed-income residential, 20,000 sf of retail space, 63,500 sf of office space, 18,000 sf of public open space for the community to enjoy, 47,000 sf of private open space for building residents and tenants, and 404 parking spaces.

The base of the buildings includes a combination of entertainment, retail and commercial uses to provide both daytime and evening destinations. The upper levels of the buildings is a mix of housing and commercial uses that creates new homes and job opportunities for area residents.

DREAM + Rosie’s Place

November 30, 2018 –

DREAM Team members had a blast supporting the amazing staff at Rosie’s Place by prepping, cooking, serving, and cleaning up after a delicious meal that served about 100 poor and homeless women and children. We are honored to support the incredible work they do at Rosie’s. We look forward to continuing our relationship with Rosie’s Place and other organizations that have such a direct and meaningful impact on our community.

64 Alpine Street

Roxbury, MA –

DREAM Collaborative is currently providing design services for 14 condominium-style units at 64 Alpine Street in Roxbury. The project involves the development of  two adjacent vacant lots that will be converted into a positive addition to the neighborhood.

The project includes 8 assigned parking spaces and bicycle storage facilities, as well as an outdoor roof terrace amenity area with clear views to downtown Boston. The units will include a mix of 1-, 2-, and 3-bedroom units, including two affordable 1-bedroom units.

By redeveloping an underutilized and challenging parcel of land, the project will substantially contribute to improving the pedestrian and neighborhood vitality, as well as the urban design and architectural character of the area.

Key Features

  • Urban redevelopment
  • Mixed-income housing
  • Article 80 small project

(a partnership between Catalyst Ventures and Janey Construction)

Completion Date

$4 million

Kindergarten Architects – Start them young!

June 15, 2018 –

At DREAM, we are committed to making architecture more accessible and more inclusive. That involves bringing the field to the attention of children and helping them realize their own potential to shape their future and their communities. Earlier this year, DREAM founding principals Gregory Minott and Troy Depeiza visited a Lowell kindergarten class to teach the students about what architects do and share some of the tools designers and planners use. The kids had a blast using virtual reality glasses to tour the inside and outside of a building, built and painted model houses, and checked out a 3D pop-up architecture book. They were encouraged to think critically about their city and about how they could make it an even better place to grow up. Using the concepts they learned about, including planning before you build, the class came up with a concept to redevelop a vacant lot near their school and create a new neighborhood fun park.


“Equitable Boston” Panel

“Boston is in a uniquely powerful position to make our city more affordable, equitable, connected, and resilient.” – Imagine Boston 2030, May 2017

April 9, 2018 –

Equitable Boston: Design, Development and Access to Opportunity

Using the Imagine Boston 2030 goals as a framework, panelists from the planning, design and development community addressed how the City’s vision for the future can be achieved using more inclusive and equitable practices to shape the built environment. Together with the City, we have the chance to impact economic opportunity for all residents, attract and retain a more diverse workforce, and create a stronger, more inclusive future for Boston. Presented by DREAM Collaborative and the Boston Society of Architects/AIA. 

Couldn’t make it to the event? Check out the video on WGBH’s Forum Network.


  • Kenneth Turner, Director of Diversity & Inclusion/Compliance at Massport
  • Kathy MacNeil, Principal at MP Boston
  • Gregory Minott AIA, Managing Principal at DREAM Collaborative and BSA Vice President for Practice
  • Natalia Urtubey, Executive Director of Imagine Boston 2030
  • Andrew Tarsy, Principal at Emblem Strategic
  • Richard Taylor, Chairman of Taylor Smith Development

Date & Location
Monday, April 9th
Hibernian Hall
184 Dudley Street 
Boston, MA 02119

Brittany Ran the Marathon!

DREAM job captain Brittany Morgan ran the 2018 Boston Marathon and she’s raised money for a great charity, Girls on the Run (GOTR). Learn more about our team members here.

“During middle and high school I wasn’t always confident in myself and would constantly compare myself to other girls both physically and mentally. All those thoughts and feeling would change as soon as I put on my cleats, sneakers or skates. There is something so powerful that happens when you physically challenge your body. Today as I work in a field dominated by men, I am not afraid to speak up in a meeting just because I am a woman; I feel confident in my abilities and I credit that to the confidence sports and running gave me. All girls deserve to feel confident and powerful, that’s why I am running for GOTR!”

You can still help! Click here to support Brittany and GOTR.

Founded in 1996 with 13 girls, Girls on the Run has served nearly one and a half million girls. The program is highly effective at driving transformative and lasting change in girls’ lives. Girls on the Run’s intentional curriculum places an emphasis on developing competence, confidence, connection, character, caring, and contribution in young girls through lessons that incorporate running and other physical activities.

Affordable Housing in Jamaica Plain

Jamaica Plain –

DREAM Collaborative was commission by JPNDC to design 8 units of affordable homeownership housing spanning several parcels purchased from MassDOT. The design features an efficient, contemporary layout with select traditional exterior details that complement the existing neighborhood context. The design team is taking advantage of the woodframe construction style to study alternative construction methods such as prefabricated wall systems. JPNDC will also use this project to introduce a new model with two upper-floor ownership units each include a first floor investment rental unit.

Client:  Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation

Jamaica Plain Mixed-Income Housing Redevelopment

Jamaica Plain, MA –

Centre Street Partners – comprised of The Community Builders, Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation, and Urban Edge – was selected for Phase I of the redevelopment of the Boston Housing Authority’s Mildred C. Hailey Apartments.

The proposal creates 625 new affordable and market-rate residences.

The development concept replaces the five existing residential buildings that are part of Phase I and the Anna Mae Cole Community Center with five new residential and mixed-use buildings. The proposal will create 625 new homes, including one-for-one replacement of the existing 232 deeply subsidized apartments plus 393 new construction market-rate apartments. Apartments will range from studios to five-bedroom units with parking for 375 vehicles located on a garage deck below three of the proposed residential buildings. There is also 14,800 sf of non-residential building space including a new centrally located Community Center.

To complement the diversity of architectural styles found in Jamaica Plain, the design concept introduces four, five, and six story buildings where the wings have different heights and materials, with some appearing like row houses, others like a series of masonry facades, and others with bays and corner elements. Of the five buildings, three will be designed by Stantec and two by DREAM Collaborative, alternating so no firm has two buildings side by side. The goal is to create a more natural result that corresponds to how neighborhoods grow over time.

The master plan concept features buildings with varied heights and architectural styles that form well-proportioned courtyards where children can play and elders can garden.



Freedom House Ribbon-cutting

 Reposted from The Bay State Banner

Renovations completed on Freedom House

Electeds, neighbors turn out to celebrate venerable agency’s new digs

Yawu Miller | 9/20/2017

In 2013, the building occupied by the Grove Hall social service agency Freedom House was fast becoming uninhabitable. Energy costs were sky-high, there was water damage, costly repairs were needed and the layout of what served as a yeshiva in the mid-20th century was not conducive to the needs of a contemporary youth-oriented organization.

Mayor Martin Walsh and Freedom House Executive Director Katrina Shaw chat during the festivities.

Mayor Martin Walsh and Freedom House Executive Director Katrina Shaw chat during the festivities. Mayor’s Office photo by Don Harney.

Two years and $2.5 million later, the new Freedom House recently held its formal ribbon-cutting ceremony, with elected officials, community members and the students and staff who are in Freedom House on a daily basis.

Mayor Martin Walsh said the new building will help ensure that Freedom House will continue to serve its mission.

“Freedom House is an invaluable resource for students and families in this neighborhood,” Walsh said. “The transformation of this city-owned property into a dynamic, state-of-the-art space for youth is cause for great celebration.”

Modern Space

Freedom House Executive Director Katrina Shaw, who has overseen the organization through the redevelopment process, said the new design allows the agency more flexibility in how it uses its space.

“We always want this space to be open to the community,” she said. “We can close one side for offices and open up the other side for meetings.”

The evolving mission of Freedom House guided the transformation of its physical setting. Architect Troy Depeiza, co-founder of DREAM Collaborative, said the renovations were designed to maintain the light and openness of the building’s original open configuration, while creating partitions that enable multiple activities.

“It still has a sense of openness so the occupants can still see light coming in,” he said.

The most noticeable building change is a floor-to-ceiling glass wall facing Warren Street.

“The whole idea is to open up that view, not just from the inside, but from the outside, so that folks coming by can see that this is a hub of activity in the community,” Depeiza said.

The window fronts one of three classrooms on the Warren Street side of the building that can be adjusted in size by two removable walls. The space also can serve as a large community meeting room.

New to the building is a kitchen, open offices for employees and walled-off offices for senior staff. The building’s white and silver palate, defined by the cement, steel and glass used extensively throughout the interior, is warmed by lighting and 9 feet tall wooden doors.

“We tried to maintain the original feeling of the place,” Depeiza said.

Shaw said the students who have been attending after-school programming since May have responded favorably to the new build-out.

“They love it,” she commented. “They like the openness, the fact that you can see around the building, the transparency.”

While Freedom House began in 1949 as an all-purpose social service agency working on civil rights issues and neighborhood improvement, it has in recent decades focused more narrowly on youth development, with tutoring and college preparatory programming. It administers college preparatory programs at the Jeremiah Burke and Snowden International high schools, Bunker Hill Community College, UMass Boston, Roxbury Community College and the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology.