We lead specialized teams that solve complex social issues through strategic design services.

Public Architecture's projects range from bringing healthcare to under served populations to creating policies that enable a new major university to support community vitality. We solve problems for organizations, foundations, and governments. By building teams with professionals from diverse backgrounds, we engage diverse tools and approaches, and offer each project a suite of tailored strategic services.

TAF Community Learning Space

Seattle, Washington

Public Architecture assisted The Miller Hull Partnership in identifying the ways in which material reuse could be woven into TAF’s new building. The results are visible everywhere, from decommissioned Seattle road signs as exterior cladding to an entry bridge made of wood beams salvaged from locally deconstructed housing. The reclaimed materials contributed to the beauty, character, and social and environmental sustainability of the project and it also supports TAF’s science education programs, with the building itself serving as a teaching tool.

 

Client
Technology Access Foundation

Collaborators
The Miller Hull Partnership

Deliverables
Material reuse research

University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Lower Rio Grande Valley, Texas

We supported United for RGV/ Unidos por RGV—a coalition of low-income leaders, organizations and their allies that formed out of a desire to support, inform, and influence the development of a truly engaged UTRGV. We built a team of pro bono service providers and experts to provide and facilitate services for community planning associated with the creation of the regional university. We continued to develop an anchor strategy for UTRGV that aligns with priorities of low-income communities and encourages equitable regional development throughout South Texas.

Client
Ford Foundation

Collaborators
ARISE, Community Development Corporation of Brownsville, LUPE, bcWORKSHOP, Cannon Design

Deliverables
Community planning support for United for RGV; Curated pro bono team to create the UT Brownsville Master Plan; Anchor institution strategy for UTRGV

Links
Design Access 2014 video

Waller Creek

Austin, TX

Through this project, Public Architecture aims to reflect a trend toward a new kind of urbanism; an ecological urbanism that seeks to regenerate a wide spectrum of social, cultural and environmental programs with infrastructures that connect communities and create vital new places. By connecting with our collaborators we were able to help this project retain the core of  its responsibility, connecting the urban fabric with its natural resources, connecting social and ethnic diversity, connecting children with ecology and sustainable stewardship. Our proposal for Waller Creek addresses functional issues such as ecology, habitat creation, flood/water management, sustainability, managing large and complex stakeholder projects, navigating financing, budgeting, codes and ordinances.

Client
City of Austin, Waller Creek Conservancy

Collaborators
CMG Landscape Architecture, Future Cities Lab, Tatiana Bilbao, Dan Cheetham, FYOOG, Urban Design Group

Deliverables
Proposal design and planning for Waller Creek Regeneration and Curation