Katherine W. Swenson (Katie) is a nationally recognized design leader, researcher, writer, and educator. She is vice president for Design and Sustainability at Enterprise Community Partners, where her work investigates how critical design practice promotes economic and social equity, environmental sustainability, and healthy communities.
A member of the second class of the Enterprise Rose Fellowship, Swenson founded the Design Initiative at Enterprise Community Partners and nurtured a diverse network of design leaders fostering community revitalization and affordable housing development and supporting the healing of diverse communities throughout the US. The fellowship has been showcased at the Museum of Modern Art, the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, the New York Center for Architecture, and the National Building Museum and been recognized by the American Institute of Architects for its groundbreaking work.
Swenson founded the Charlottesville Community Design Center and has received numerous design and social innovation awards. She has written extensively about design activism and community design. Growing Urban Habitats: Seeking a New Housing Development Model, co-authored with Susanne Schindler and William Morrish was published by William Stout in 20118. In Bohemia, A Memoir of Love, Loss and Kindness and Design with Love: At Home in America will be published in August 2020.