Making a Difference in 2016: Public Architecture Needs You

December 15, 2016

Dear Friends,

While 2016 has been a year of important transitions, it has also been a surprisingly productive year, and we need for your help to ensure our most vulnerable communities and valuable organizations continue to have access to well­-designed environments and a better quality of life.

Over the last decade we’ve learned where to direct our programs for the greatest impact. Now it’s more important than ever to scale this work. Amy’s talents this past year have brought Public Architecture to its most focused and efficient state since its humble beginning.

Designers are evolving how they include positive social change in their work. We’ve heard the collective uncertainty from our members after the divisive election. John responds to these issues in What Architects Can Do in the Age of Trump, featured in Fast Company.

As most of you know, John has taken a position at the Harvard Graduate School of Design to lead the Loeb Fellowship this year. As the chairman of the Board of Directors, he continues to support Public Architecture’s vision and cultivates many of our major partner relationships. In 2017, we will complete our smooth transition to a new leadership structure.

We continue to create new tools and share knowledge in support of strengthening the social impact design field. Our new Designer Case Study series, in partnership with the AIA and ASID, reports on innovative models of practice like Interface Studio Architects, who “practices influence,” meaning they don’t have to make buildings to make an impact. We’ve also updated our Pro Bono Design Handbooks, step by step guides for nonprofits and designers embarking on pro bono partnerships. Our focus has always been on the successes of our member designers, the nonprofits doing meaningful work, and the efforts that are improving lives and communities. All of our resources are made more accessible with the launch of Public Architecture’s new website, beautifully designed by BRICK.

This year we launched CITIES+ with the cities of San Jose and Detroit through the strong support of the Knight Foundation, and are actively recruiting more participating cities. CITIES+ matches civic initiatives with pro bono A+D services to support city leaders with early-stage great ideas, but limited resources. For their inaugural project, San Jose has matched with CMG Landscape Architecture on Downtown Plazas, Paseos and Paths in order to bring together key stakeholders to explore and achieve the potential of San Jose’s central walking and commercial corridor.

Public Architecture is built on a vision that it could change the profession and increase the livability of communities through access to design services. We are realizing this dream and need your help more than ever. Please donate now on Paypal for Nonprofits or send a check to “Public Architecture” at 1211 Folsom Street, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103. Donations are fully tax-deductible.

Warm regards for a wonderful holiday and New Year,

Amy Ress, Director, 1+

John Peterson, Founder

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