Arlen Stawasz graduated from the BAC with a Bachelor's degree of Architecture in 2013. In his last year at the BAC he stumbled into something that he believes to be his life's work and passion. In 2012, Hurricane Sandy hit the Atlantic coastal region of the US resulting in nearly 60 billion dollars in revitalization costs due to climate related disasters. Since then, he has taken a keen interest in researching flood resilient architecture and emergency disaster response systems.
His passion for resilient design and climate preparedness blossomed with his degree project thesis entitled The LOCC (Library of Climate Change). This project utilized the building program of a library as a climate awareness and educational tool that serves as a repository of information responding to the extreme weathering conditions as predicted in the future. This body of work inspired him to apply and receive the John Worthington Ames Scholarship, which allowed him to travel and research sea level rise mitigation strategies in the Netherlands and Bangladesh. Arlen is actively cataloging and sharing his research with policy makers, city officials, and academics to influence Boston's design thinking.
Arlen works for CBT Architects on a variety of projects ranging from high rise development to academic and urban planning projects. He is also the co-chair of CBT's Sustainable Design Committee, which is focused on serving as an engine, resource, and motivational tool to foster change within the firm's culture and design practice.
Arlen is a member of the Urban Land Institute and serves as an instructor of the BAC faculty and an active member of the Alumni Board. In his spare time he enjoys traveling, photography, hiking, basketball, dancing, and Lebanese food.