Podcast Episode 28: Affordable Housing and Design with RODE Architects

November 18, 2022 | by Anna Orendain

Categories: Affordable Housing, Podcast


When it comes to architecturally designing a home, many often assume that the more luxurious it is, the more expensive it becomes. But in this week's episode, our guest host Michael Wilt sits down with Eric Robinson and Kevin Deabler, co-founders of RODE Architects to debunk that myth as they discuss the intersection of design and affordability during the development process. The episode explores how these architects intentionally think about how housing developments are formed by and for their communities as well as the role they think the design community should play when it comes to offering up solutions and new approaches to address affordability challenges.

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Meet Our Guest—Eric J. Robinson

Eric J. Robinson graduated with a Bachelor degree in Environmental Design from North Carolina State University’s College of Design in 1994. Eric then participated in a two-year internship with BCW+H Architects in Richmond, VA and went on to attend the University of Virginia to complete his Master of Architecture in 1999.

His diverse body of work includes projects at the University of South Dakota, the University of Massachusetts – Dartmouth, the Florida Gulf Coast Museum of Art, the Federal Port of Entry in Del Rio, TX, residences on Martha’s Vineyard, and a summer camp in Wyoming. Eric’s projects at Charles Rose Architects have received multiple professional awards.

Since 2006, Eric also serves as a visiting lecturer at Northeastern University. Eric is a LEED Accredited Professional and brings to the firm an integrated, design-oriented approach to the profession.

Meet Our Guest—Kevin Deabler

Kevin Deabler began studying design at North Carolina State University’s College of Design where he graduated with Bachelor degrees in Environmental Design in 1995 and Architecture in 1996. 

His project work included a theater complex in New York’s Times Square, the master planning of a new campus for Olin College, and several mixed-use urban developments in Greater Boston such as Russia Wharf and Kendall Square. At Childs Bertman Tseckares, Kevin also worked as a project manager on high-profile museums with renowned architects such as Renzo Piano for the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Norman Foster for the Museum of Fine Arts- Boston, and Daly Genik for the Harvard University Art Museums.

In 2004, Kevin completed an MBA at Northeastern University. He is LEED accredited and brings to the firm a professional and organized approach to problem solving. Eric and Kevin founded RODE Architects in 2005.

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