Reflecting on 2016, moving into 2017

January 4, 2017

Happy New Year! As 2017 begins many people take the time to pause in reflection. We had a busy and exciting 2016 by connecting nonprofits with architects, engineers and designers. We have also continued to grow internally taking on new challenges for the year ahead.


1+ program
2016 was a very successful year of matching nonprofits and designers through the 1+ program. Check out the nearly 1600 firms providing $56.6 million in pro bono services across the globe. Last year over 30 projects were completed and 214 projects were in-progress. The incredible volume of partnerships are allowing under served nonprofits to extend their capacity.

Our new CITIES+ initiative connects municipalities with top architecture and design firms to re-imagine social and environmental opportunities in their communities. The inaugural CITIES+ project is in San Jose, CA bringing together key stakeholders in the downtown area to explore the potential of a central walking and commercial corridor. The corridor will run from San Jose State University to the Guadalupe River Park Trail through the pro bono design expertise from CMG Landscape Architecture and the generous support from the Knight Foundation.

By the People
Public Architecture is among 59 other collaborative designs from across the US to be featured in Cooper Hewitt Museum’s “By the People: Designing a Better America” exhibition. The exhibition showcases the challenges of our country’s growing crisis of social and economic inequality. How are designers engaging the public in creating more inclusive and sustainable communities? How are they delivering a message of optimism for achieving a more just and equitable society for all through design? We are honored our Firehouse Clinics project is featured. Huge shout out to our project partners at MendeDesignWRNS StudioGLS Landscape | Architecture, and the HealthCare Services Agency of Alameda Co. On view through February 26.

Designer Case Studies 
Our newest editions to the Designer Case Study series feature Interface Studio Architects and Determined by Design. The ongoing series highlights a brief background of the organizations involved as well as the process and outcomes of projects that have been completed by ASID and AIA members who participate in 1+ and their nonprofit partners.

Pro Bono Design Handbooks
The recently updated Pro Bono Design Handbooks for designers and nonprofits offer the necessary framework for community leaders and design teams to work together in a way that positively impacts social needs. Through these handbooks we offer resources that discuss strategies for team cooperation coming from multiple different disciplines. We not only aim to help make the connection between Designers and Nonprofits, but then also provide material and resources to help foster the relationships.

In the News
Public Architecture has been popping up all over the press this past year. Here are a few of the articles highlighting what we have been talking about!

Support Public Architecture
Public Architecture leverages the financial support of foundations, firms, companies, and visionary individuals just like you to use the design of the built environment as a tool for social gain. 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.




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