What Architects Can Do In The Age Of Trump
Work on the problems you think are important, commit to pro bono work, and “find solace in trying.”
How can architects create positive social change in their work?
That’s a question that John Peterson has devoted much of his career to answering. In the early 2000s, the architect disbanded his private practice—which had been devoted to building multimillion dollar homes—and founded the nonprofit organization Public Architecture. The group is devoted to helping designers find ways to use their craft to advance social good—particularly by encouraging pro bono work through its cornerstone 1+ program, in which architecture firms commit 1% of their billable hours to pro bono services. (Peterson is now the curator of the Loeb Fellowship at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, but he remains on the board of Public Architecture and guides the organization’s strategy.)Donald Trump | ScrapHouse | Day Labor Station | Fast Company | Public Policy | Public Architecture | Pro Bono | 1+ | AIA