Hannah Rodriguez is joining our team for the Summer to help generate designs, construction documents, and presentation materials for a tiny house community in Denton. This project will not only benefit the chronically homeless in our city, but provide an affordable housing option for anyone. She will be working with a team of people and the city to generate zoning and coding variance proposals and getting plans approved for construction. Born in Virginia, Hannah has spent the last 13 years in the DFW area, where she currently attends the University of North Texas and studies interior design. Before UNT, she attended Southwestern AG University in Waxahachie, TX where she received an Associates of Arts in Bible.
Hannah heard about Serve Denton when she participated in a department-wide design charrette to help us transition our current facility into the framework of a shared colocation workspace. In search of an internship, she approached Serve Denton and found out about the tiny house project. She immediately knew it was a fit!
Hannah said, “I have followed the concept of tiny house living since it began as a grassroots movement several years ago. I was much more of a distant observer; however, until my brother wanted me to design him a tiny house as he was interested in living the kind of lifestyle tiny houses provide to their owners—a life unhindered by possessions and mortgages,” she continued, “I dove into the movement and construction methods at that point and it was only the beginning of my introduction to what a big change small spaces could make not just for my brother, but also for my community.”
Hannah is passionate about this project and believes the built environment can powerfully impact our mood and way of thinking. Hannah says, “Our mood impacts our view of life and the way in which we interact with others. And I believe that the manipulation of the built environment is just as key to community engagement as the stage set is to the theater.”
Excited to see the city through a different lens, Hannah is jumping right in! To contact her, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.