Welcome to OANY! We thrive to bring together communities, like-minded organizations, and pro-bono creative professionals to deliver design and sustainable solutions across the five boroughs of New York. For more information and to get involved, check out our local website here. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

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NY Chapter

For over ten years, the New York Chapter has been committed to providing sustainable design, construction, and development services where they are most critically needed.

"I love working on my AFHny (now OANY) project because it gives me the opportunity to design in a way that considers the public good first, and to serve those who do not normally have access to architectural services. I always feel energized after working with my fantastic team, it helps me get through the rest of the week!" -Amy Leong, Project Coordinator, Save Coney Island

  • Founded in 2003
  • 1500 Volunteers 
  • 61 Total Projects

Hearthscape

Located in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, the Hearthscape garden project began in 2015 to create a more inviting space for community members to relax in a natural environment and learn about plants and animals.

Project Goals: to transform the general layout of the garden, to design and built a new chicken coop and storage unit, and to finish the existing open-air brick oven.

  • Ongoing
  • 8 Volunteers

Teaching Garden

Located at the Maurice Sendak School in Brooklyn, New York, the PS 118 Teaching Garden was created to empower children with knowledge and encourage curiosity about their surroundings; in this case, of seasons and growing cycles, earth systems, plant life, food supply systems and waste streams.

Project Goals:

1) Involve the Kids!

2) Grow Stuff!

3) Create a safe secure environment! 4) Beautify!

  • Project Completed 
  • 5 Volunteers
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Red Rabbit Head Quarters

Design and build of Red Rabbit Headquarters. The OACny design team was led by Project Coordinator, Amy Leung. -January 2018

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Concrete Safaris/Playgrounds

Partnering with Concrete Safaris, we worked with Concrete Safaris' youth to design obstacle courses which were brought to life for the community to partake and enjoy.

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Day of Impact

This annual event connects socially committed design professionals with leading non-profit organizations, including, but not limited to, Rebuilding Together NYC, Build It Green! NYC, Publicolor, MillionTreesNYC, New York Cares with Concrete Safaris, and Services for the Underserved. Volunteers contribute an estimated $20,000 of hands-on labor, which range from planting trees to painting school walls to building a garden shed.

After more than 10 years of producing community engaged design projects and events in New York area, the chapter decided to consolidate their efforts into one annual event. This event, called the Day of Impact, works with community non-profits and educational organizations to provide them with design services and hands on labor. The Day of Impact invites architecture and construction firms to join through an event sponsorship. Firm sponsorship ($750) allows a team of 10 volunteers from one firm to sign up and participate at a single site together and be included in all the event collateral. These funds provide the food, material purchase, equipment rental and help support the operating costs of the chapter beyond the event.

Project Result: This event marked the chapter's renewed commitment to the value of sweat equity. Short-term volunteering provides a rich opportunity for teams to interact informally outside of the office, and for individuals to meet each other within the context of shared values.

Cleaning up the park with Hunters Point Parks Conservancy. -October 2017.
Planting bulbs. -November 2016

  • 109 Volunteers
  • 8 Sites
  • 4/5 Boroughs

Day of Impact Goals and Vision

  • Offer a single day event for members to get involved with OACny and the community
  • Provide diverse activities with multiple non-profit organizations across New York City
  • Disperse volunteers at events throughout the 5 boroughs at sites accessible by train
  • Execute projects using basic design and construction based skills, encouraging volunteers with all backgrounds and skill sets to join us
  • Build strong and lasting relationships with community partners
  • Facilitate involvement of architecture, design and construction firms through outreach to firms and design professionals

Pop Up Bench

This project kicked off with a Design Charrette hosted by the NY Chapter and New York Cares. The brief was deceptively challenging; to design a bench that, once prototyped and presented in a design manual, could be built by volunteers using off the shelf materials.

Project Result: After much discussion, design and re-design, the result was a simple yet elegant 6’ x 2’ wooden bench comprised of a simple frame using 4x4 pieces of pressure treated lumber and a combination of 2x1 and 2x2 pieces which make up the seat.

  • Project Completed
  • 5 Volunteers