Jennifer Dowland studied architecture at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona where she completed her Master of Architecture with an emphasis on preservation. Her graduate thesis combined interests in housing and community issues, particularly for the underserved, with the preservation of the existing urban fabric of Skid Row, Los Angeles. She explored the critical lack of housing stock and how it can be preserved by designing creative, alternative solutions as opposed to demolition, particularly pertaining to the SRO (single room occupancy) building type. After graduating, her interest in community service through architecture led her to work at the Los Angeles Community Design Center. As project designer, she explored her passion for research-driven design, preservation, urban planning, environmental design, and social equity. Some of the projects she worked on at the design center included low income and senior housing with services, mixed use and workers’ housing, and a downtown community recreational center. Convinced that design centers will lead the way in altering the profession’s dependency on market forces while helping communities meet their needs, Jennifer has joined bcWORKSHOP where she hopes to explore better ways to serve communities through design.