Architects are often asked to design master plans and buildings that will enhance the culture and history of the places where they’re located. It requires sensitive engagement, especially as we commit more and more to diversity, equity, and inclusion—both on our design teams and for the people we serve. In my graduate studies at Cornell University, I researched how architects could include culture in their work while also leaving room for folks to express themselves. My case study was the residential neighborhood of Harlem, New York, where generations of Black Americans have infused their culture into those homes, which were originally intended for affluent white folk. The experience has led me to further engage with this approach as an architect in Perkins Eastman’s Senior Living practice. Expressing the culture of residents who are moving away from the homes where they’ve spent much of their lives has always been an important consideration, Senior Living Practice Area Leader Alejandro Giraldo says, but he’s recently observed a shift from mainly faith-based cultural considerations to broader notions of cultural affinity. I’ve observed these forces at work in the South Asian influences of Priya Senior Living communities in Richmond, TX, and Rochester Hills, MI, and at a series of Veterans Homes in Minnesota. But faith-based representation remains a strong consideration; I’m personally engaged in a Stamford, CT, project that speaks to the values of the company’s Jewish origins.