We are a community of socially-minded designers, architects, planners, creators, and innovators who strive to create equitable and mutually beneficial relationships between communities’ quality of life and their built environment.
We incubate collective change-making ideas through an inclusive community-engaged process.
We strive for excellence and high quality in the work that we do.
We push ourselves beyond conventional thinking. We imagine more equitable and sustainable alternatives to conventional processes.
At OACC we work with our project stakeholders and partners to create inclusive asset-based solutions for community resiliency and sustainability. We provide our services via incubating innovative initiatives, partnership with mission-driven organizations and allyship building with community grassroots. Grounded on our experiences, we constantly create purposeful learning content about design for social impact.
Impact is at the center of our projects and our processes
We are transferring into a mission-centric social enterprise
We build a community of change agents
We don’t tag our team members as planners, architects or designers. Though diverse in practice backgrounds and personal characteristics, our team shares the vision for collective and inclusive practice. This community serves as the backbone of our organization in creating and executing projects that could create long-term values for communities.
We build allyship
We acknowledge that people are the experts of their own needs and assets and solution finding should be led by those closest to the problem. We pair our design and technical experts with experts with living experience (i.e. context experts) in the co-creation processes. We redefine our roles as convener, listener, observer, and facilitator.
Our work is open and collaborative
We base all activities on multi-stakeholder engagement. We look at every project as a process that provides room for diverse perspectives to engage and innovations to flourish.
Our work is grounded on an asset-based humanistic-centered approach
We believe that any sustainable solution is grounded on local assets. These assets, when productively and inclusively shared, are abundant and do not run out. Adopting the asset lens, our co-creation model evolved from human-centered into a humanistic-centered approach through which stakeholders co-define desired future and build off of their local capitals.
Our process is inclusive and reflective
Contextualization is at the core of our solution-finding approach