Dialog represents a curated collection of articles, case studies, and other resources to further the discussion surrounding design and social impact.

Designer Case Study No. 11: Interface Architects Studio

September 27, 2016

Designer Case Study No. 11: Interface Architects Studio, is part of an ongoing series of case studies featuring AIA members doing pro bono and social impact work.  This particular case study focuses on Interface Studio Architect’s innovative model of practice, located in Philadelphia, PA and Cambridge, MA; founded in 2005. Principals Brian Philips and Deb…

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Website Launch

September 23, 2016

Public Architecture is thrilled to announce the launch of its new website. The site is designed and built by BRICK, the stellar bay area-based multi-disciplinary design studio who also designed the website of our flagship 1+ pro bono design program. Check out publicarchitecture.org and let us know what you think. The new website comes on…

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The Betty & Clint Josey Pavilion

September 11, 2016

The tenth in an on-going series of case studies that feature projects by AIA members who are making pro bono service an integral part of design practice. The Josey Pavillion is Texas’ first certified Living Building and was made possible through a collaboration between Lake |  Flato Architects and The Dixon Water Foundation. Use this…

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Lake I Flato Architects, The Betty and Clint Josey Pavilion, Decatur, TX © Casey Dunn + Dror Baldinger

Pro bono verification of ENERGY STAR-eligible buildings

September 9, 2016

Public Architecture’s 1+ program is partnering with the EPA to launch a service to match ENERGY STAR-eligible buildings owned by nonprofits and government agencies with architects and engineers willing to verify applications on a cost-free, “pro bono” basis. ENERGY STAR certification is no-cost, but applications do require review by a professional engineer or a registered…

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September 8, 2016

A step by step guide for nonprofits in need of design assistance to connect with the 1+ program (formally the 1% program) network of architecture and design firms who have pledged a commitment to pro bono service.

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This handbook is a resource to help architecture and design firms develop the framework to incorporate pro bono design into practice. It also serves as a guide on how to find projects, either on your own or through the 1+ program’s ( formally the 1% program)  matching process. Re-released in 2016 with updated program information….

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September 7, 2016

When City of Hayward and its Fire Department began planning for a new firehouse in the Tennyson neighborhood, they saw an opportunity to implement the county’s vision for a Firehouse Clinic. Firehouse Clinics are an innovation in community health care focused on serving vulnerable, low income, and uninsured individuals and families. Leveraging the trust and…

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September 6, 2016

To address health care gaps in the safety net particularly among low-income populations, Alameda County Health Care Services has put forth an innovative proposal to co-locate medical clinics at fire stations throughout the County.

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Our eighth case study highlights the work of an ASID interior designer participating in the 1+ program (formally The 1% program) who teamed up with architects for a competition to create a speculative redesign of a hospital in Westchester, New York. CAMA, Inc. and MASS Design Group leave an impression on the industry through their…

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September 2, 2016

University of Texas School of Architecture’s Center for Sustainable Development collaborated with Public Architecture in 2012 and 2013 to host the Public Interest Design Externship Summer Program. Through post occupancy evaluations conducted by student externs, this collaborative report contributes to the research to better understand the true benefits, effect, and challenges inherent in eight recently…

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