Participant Story: Kevin Fernando


Fernando“We all came into this with similar goals but diverse backgrounds, and that’s why it’s great.” – Kevin Fernando




As a Pennsylvania native who studied at the University of Pittsburgh, Kevin Fernando is no stranger to the region. He studied Architectural Studies and History of Art and Architecture, with minors in Studio Arts and Museum Studies. Kevin has been actively involved in the art scene in Pittsburgh, working with the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, the University of Pittsburgh Art Gallery, the Andy Warhol Museum, and more, while co-creating the art market research project, Dear Pittsburgh. Outside of his interest in art, Kevin enjoys tennis, restoring old furniture, and taking long city walks.  He is serving at Union Project.

Perm Longia: What have you enjoyed the most about living in community?

Kevin Fernando: The meals and the friendships because there’s no better way to meet seven other strangers. We all came into this with similar goals but diverse backgrounds, and that’s why it’s great. We all understand what we want out of our intentional community.

Perm: What is the most interesting/fun adventure you have had since the beginning of PULSE?

Kevin: The Gateway Clippership.  I’ve never been on a boat in the city.

Perm: What has been your favorite family meal recipe for the house?

Kevin: Taylor and Casy’s pancakes were the best meal so far in this house by far.  They put hazelnut spread in some of them.

Perm: What is the best part of the PULSE experience?

Kevin: Experiencing the city through the lens of the people who aren’t from around here.

Perm: How has PULSE inspired you to live/think/act differently?

Kevin: PULSE has inspired me to think differently because it has made me realize a lot of things about myself.  You really realize how broad the world is through other people’s perspectives.

Story by PULSE Participant Perm Longia.

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