The College has offered design studios with Habitat for Humanity
with very successful results. The goal of the "Box and Beyond Studio" was to develop a new house type for Newark’s Habitat for Humanity chapter in a fourth year options studio in the five-year professional program. The project was the result of a collaboration of NJIT professor Darius Sollohub and Jak Inglese, a practicing architect with extensive experience in affordable housing. Throughout, students took a lead role in interacting with the outside parties that a professional architect would typically engage, collectively running all meetings, including those with Habitat staff, current owners of previous Habitat-built homes, the project’s sustainability consultants, Newark city planners and the press. At the beginning of the studio, Jak Inglese pledged paid internships to the winning designer and runner-up to work during the winter break following the fall semester to complete the designs.
Habitat staff served as a "real" and engaged client, guiding the design process throughout. They encouraged architectural and green innovations while steering students to maintain a strict budget and ensure constructability using Habitat’s unique volunteer construction techniques. Habitat challenged students to overcome the monotony of both local developer-driven solutions and its own out-of-date designs.