Tirado Receives Patri Fellowship
Roana Tirado (M.R.P./M.L.A. '15) was the recipient of the 2013 Piero N. Patri Fellowship in Urban Design. The 12-week fellowship, which took place over the summer, tasked Tirado with creating a project along San Francisco's southeast waterfront that will have a positive impact on the city of San Francisco and the larger Bay Area.
The fellowship is a joint venture of the design firm AECOM Design + Planning; Bionic, a landscape design firm; the Port of San Francisco; the Patri family; and the urban planning think-tank SPUR. Tirado worked with principals from each of these groups, and received a stipend, studio space, and professional mentorship at AECOM.
Tirado's proposal focused on Bayview Hill at Bayview-Hunter's point in San Francisco. The hill is one of the only remaining original natural landscapes of San Francisco, and sits in a historically industrial area. The proposal conceived a long-range set of connections tying the hill into the surrounding community, including a 400-step stairway from the bay up the eastern slope and, looking ahead to 2040, an aerial tramway from neighborhoods below.
Tirado presented her plan during a community meeting at the end of the summer, and received press coverage in the San Francisco Chronicle and San Francisco Examiner.