Joseph Krupczynski

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CESL Director / Professor of Architecture

Joseph Krupczynski, director of the office of Civic Engagement and Service Learning (CESL) is also a professor in the Department of Architecture at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Joseph’s creative work and scholarship prom­otes imaginative community partnerships and crafts participatory platforms to engage people in the creation of their built environments—especially in collaboration with underrepresented communities.

His co-edited volume (in collaboration with Mari Castañeda), Learning from Diverse Latinx Communities: Social Justice Approaches to Civic Engagement (Lang, 2017), was published in 2017. Recent work includes: "Holyoke Visible” (2015–2016), a participatory public art process/project at three important revitalization sites in Holyoke (in collaboration with Professor Max Page); the Civic Engagement Plan for “The New England Knowledge Corridor (Hartford-Springfield),” and author of the report, Sustainability and Equity, Engaging Underrepresented Communities on Issues of Sustainability in the Pioneer Valley (2014).

He is a founding director of The Center for Design Engagement (C*DE), a 501(c)(3) design resource center in Holyoke, MA ( that is dedicated to exploring community identity through creative place-making. As the director of the office of Civic Engagement and Service Learning (CESL) at UMass Amherst, he continues to promote critical service-learning and partners with communities on and off campus to work collectively for a more just world.