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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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We're now an official 501(c)3 Tax Exempt Non profit!

Posted by Garrett Jacobs on 8/11/16

Last week the IRS approved the Open Architecture Collaborative for official 501(c)3 tax exempt status. Read on to find out why that's a big deal to us.

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