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Sam Pepper

Sam is a licensed architect who joins MIT from New York, where he has built a career managing large-scale projects at Shop Architects and most recently, Alloy Development. He believes developments should be evaluated by the social value they generate, as well as the asset value they create.

As a Project Manager for Alloy, Sam played a critical role in the design and development of 80 Flatbush, a 1.25 million sf masterplan for a full city block in Downtown Brooklyn. He co-managed the internal design staff in addition to over 20 external consultants including engineers, lobbyists and PR consultants. Responsible for the rezoning of the site, Sam coordinated the approvals process with city agencies and elected officials, and was instrumental in developing Alloy’s strategy throughout this politically charged process. Parallel to working at Alloy, he directed the architecture team at Kids of Kathmandu, a non-profit based in New York. In 2 years, he oversaw the development of nine schools in Nepal, promoting rigorous seismic standards and raising the bar for public education facilities in the region.

Sam graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture in 2011. He began his career at Lake Flato Architects in San Antonio, later moving to Shop Architects in New York. In his 3 years at Shop, he was integral to the design and construction of several hospitality and retail projects in both Manhattan and London.

At MIT, Sam seeks to build upon his experience in development and expand his knowledge of real estate acquisitions, underwriting, and asset management. He aspires to start his own development company focusing on the repurposing of underutilized urban sites for community-wealth building projects. Sam is the Gerald Blakeley Fellow for 2018-2019.