With common roots in the Caribbean and a passion for strengthening underserved communities, DREAM Collaborative emerged from humble beginnings to redefine the role and responsibility of architecture in urban life: this is our story.
In 2008, Greg and Troy entered a design competition for the redevelopment of Dudley Square (now Nubian Square) in the heart of Roxbury. Their team’s entry won, and with the win came name recognition, a boost in confidence, and the realization that they truly enjoyed working together and shared a genuine passion for urban redevelopment.
At Elkus Manfredi, Greg worked as a project architect on large multifamily and commercial mixed-use projects in Boston including InkBlock and Station Landing. The clients included leading private developers, and the projects were located in thriving neighborhoods. They were designed for high-end homebuyers and established commercial tenants. Troy was a project manager for large laboratory and office projects for pharmaceutical industry giants and top academic institutions.
Today, DREAM’s clients include both private and community-based developers of affordable and mixed-income housing and mixed-use commercial projects, as well as mission-aligned corporations and institutions. Our clients share our belief in the intrinsic value and business benefits of diversity. While DREAM is involved in some of the City’s high-profile development projects, the firm’s key focus is to bring design excellence and an inclusive process to all neighborhoods to help build more equitable communities.
Equity + The Greater Good
DREAM is committed to using architecture to serve the greater good and create more equitable communities:
- We bring beautiful, contextual, and sustainable design solutions to underserved communities, businesses, and residents.
- We advocate for advancement of underrepresented groups in the field of architecture, which is a key focus of Greg Minott’s upcoming tenure as 2021 President of the Boston Society for Architecture;
- We invite urban public students into the design industry pipeline through outreach, mentorship and education
- We are intentional about utilizing disadvantaged businesses for our subcontracting needs
- We are exploring opportunities to multiply our impact through our development arm, DREAM Development.