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We are local designers working with underserved communities, contributing resources to a global network.

When people design and build their own environments, they take ownership of the places they create, sustain them long term, keep them safe, invest in them, and color them with their most precious expressions.

We bring together architects, designers, nonprofit organizations, municipalities and local community groups, enabling underserved communities to take ownership of collectively created places.

We address two problems: lack of hands-on community experience for young professionals and limited access to design services for marginalized communities.

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Tackling Built Environment Challenges With Participatory Design #iOpenArchitecture

Posted by Maryam Eskandari on 6/23/16

Life is what architecture achieves when it creatively marshals the scarce resources of a community and transforms a mere shelter into a home.

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