The Open Architecture Collaborative, as a global network, has over 15 years of volunteer management, creative placemaking coordination, and community engagement experience. We aim to build community capacity and serve as an intermediary between professional practitioners and systemically marginalized communities. We are currently recruiting for our pilot training program called Pathways to Equity. Community members, firm principals, and individual volunteers we look forward to hearing from you!
Firm or individual designer looking to build community design capacity?
Professional Leadership Development
Many design firms are beginning to see the benefit of Pro-bono services, either on their own or by participating in the 1+ program through Public Architecture. However, we have found that community practice requires additional skill sets than traditional design education offers. We are working with firms in the San Francisco Bay Area to teach emerging designers the necessary skills and knowledge for community focused practice, learn more at pathwaystoequity.org.
Community Development Corporation or community association looking to Launch Engagement or Creative Placemaking Programming?
The Open Architecture Collaborative can help you run community-driven design/build projects and creative placemaking programs to engage your neighbors and further invest in their environments. We can support your community group or nonprofit with a specific project while building capacity for this type of civic engagement along the way.
Individual Looking to Volunteer?
The volunteer chapter network is the longest running program of the OAC and is the genesis of our innovative practices and professional development. Check to see if there’s an active chapter in your city. If not reach out and we’ll see how our umbrella supports might serve you too. Please have patience as we have a high number of volunteer inquiries.
Other ways to engage
To learn more about our work, or for a more formal presentation about the global organizing efforts, local pilot programming, or the development of the movement please contact Garrett Jacobs.
Our network includes a newsletter with over 13,000 subscribers and 22 active chapters in 11 countries. We produce local events in the locations of our chapters, our clients include design firm principals, students, industry allies, and funders. Please do reach out if you are interested in sponsoring any of our initiatives, programming, or events.