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She dreams of falling walls and better cities

Claire Coletti dreams of cities that are welcoming and affordable for everyone.

Coletti, who has earned undergraduate and master’s degrees in architecture at Northeastern, has come to see her search for inclusive architecture from the perspective of her transgender identity.

“One of the reasons why I’m so passionate about this is that I do have a unique perspective,” says Coletti. “As a queer person, as a transgender person, the idea of chosen family is so important.”

Her desire for a “normal life,” as she puts it, has helped drive her work.

“There is a huge part of me that has to reckon with the notion that I have this really internal desire to have that husband and kids and dog and the white picket fence—all those things,” Coletti says. “And it’s like, why do I want that so badly? Why do we as a culture want that so badly?”

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