Open Architecture / Austin is building a supportive hub and framework for collaboration between architects, designers, engineers, planners, makers and local non-profits who want to work together to make a difference in their communities.

On March 3rd, Open Architecture / Austin participated in a community event : “ Come Design Your Park ” to engage students, families and neighbors to design an outdoor learning environment at Wooldridge Elementary School for the 2nd Green School Park within the City of Austin.  

OA/A facilitated, assisted and collected community ideas in the creation of a new outdoor classroom. OA/A  proposed special activities at its booth for all ages such as drawing – writing – modeling – recording stories…

In the desire to “open architecture”, OA/A organize/participate to events to promote social and environmental design initiatives.

During the Austin Design Week , OA/A partnered with BossBabesatx to present the awards winning short movie Sista in the Brotherhood

The film tells the story of Leneice, black tradeswoman who faces discrimination on a new job site and who must choose between making a stand or keeping her job. 

The film was inspired by the doctoral thesis of co-Executive Producer, Dr. Roberta Hunte and partly based on the experience of Latina Director Dawn Jones Redstone‘s experience as a union carpenter. 
The film was made with an almost-all female crew, including 50 percent women of color. 

OA/A is progressing on a design for a +/- 350 sf micro-home to provide an alternative to the RV model for Community First! Village.

Community First! Village is a 27-acre master planned community that provides affordable, permanent housing and a supportive community for the disabled, chronically homeless in Central Texas.

The design has been shaped by several community meetings on site and collaborations with local actors in the building sector. The floor plan is ADA adaptable to uphold Community First! Village’s commitment to propose homes to the disabled. The strategy basis is to get a flexible floor plan to encourage customization, ownership, social exchanges by the residents.

In 2016, OA/A launched by a panel discussion event focussed on recycling and reusing initiatives in the construction sector in Austin, TX. 

Our fundamental belief is that architecture should be accessible to everyone, regardless of social class and background. Moreover, the practice of architecture carries with it a social responsibility to provide all people with well designed spaces and places where they can thrive.

The chapter is hard at work to gather and recruit community leaders and charity organizations to work directly with, in hopes of improving underserved communities.

New volunteers and partners who believe that design can lead the way to a more equitable cities and future are always welcome.