About the Open Architecture Collaborative

The Open Architecture Collaborative is a global network of local grassroots chapters delivering design advocacy, facilitation, assessment and small build services to their local marginalized communities. We joined forces as an independant umbrella organization in March of 2016 but our chapters have been in operation since 2005 under the previous name of Architecture for Humanity. We are governed by a group of regional leaders and our board of directors. We believe in ground up action, fueled by inclusive participation.

We have three simple principles guiding our activities:

  • Be Open

  • Ensure Participation

  • Establish Trust

  • You can read more about these values, how we embody them in our organization, and some of the tools we use to hold ourselves accountable here.


    Board of Directors

    Maryam Eskandari

    Maryam Eskandari

    Founder, Principal - MIIM Designs Academic Boards - Harvard

    @MIIMDesigns
    Casius Pealer

    Casius Pealer

    Director - Sustainable Development, Tulane University
    Attorney at Law

    Ida Cheinman

    Ida Cheinman

    Founder, Principal, Creative Director - Substance151

    @idacheinman
    Garrett Jacobs

    Garrett Jacobs

    Executive Director, Open Architecture Collaborative

    @garrjacobs
    Open Seat

    Open Seat

    Looking for Nonprofit management and finance experts, and we want to be sure all communities are represented on the Board

    Geoff Malia

    Geoff Malia

    Regional Rep. NA Central

    @gtotheoff
    Ricardo Daza

    Ricardo Daza

    Regional Rep. LATAM

    @ricardodaza

    Regional Leaders Council

    Chandra Farley

    Chandra Farley

    Regional Rep. NA South

    @econonprofitpro
    Hilda Boyadjian

    Hilda Boyadjian

    Regional Rep. NA West

    Josef Fuentes

    Josef Fuentes

    Regional Rep NA East

    @jaf81
    Geoff Malia

    Geoff Malia

    Regional Rep. NA Central

    @gtotheoff
    Furio Barzon

    Furio Barzon

    Regional Rep. Europe

    @furiothinks
    Hebatuallah Hendawy

    Hebatuallah Hendawy

    Regional Rep. Middle East

    @HebaHendawy
    Taye Olajide

    Taye Olajide

    Regional Rep. Africa

    @tyolajide
    Ricardo Daza

    Ricardo Daza

    Regional Rep. LATAM

    @ricardodaza
    Bobby Shen

    Bobby Shen

    Regional Rep. Oceania

    @BobbShen

    Want to start a chapter? Connect with others in your region? Contact your respective representative

  • North America East
  • North America South
  • North America Central
  • North America West
  • Latin America
  • Europe
  • Africa
  • Oceania
  • Middle East
  • Advisors

    I-SEEED

    I-SEEED

    Dr. Antwi Akom, Tessa Cruz & Aekta Shah

    @I_SEEED
    Bob Sofman

    Bob Sofman

    EVP - Government Sector at SmartProcure

    @rsofman
    Audrey Galo

    Audrey Galo

    Resource Manager at One Degree, Inc.
    Former, Global Program Design Manager - AFH

    Ashley Z. Hand

    Ashley Z. Hand

    Transportation Technology Strategist - LA, Former Chief Innovation Officer - KCMO

    @azhandkc
    Katherine Darnstadt

    Katherine Darnstadt

    Founding Architect at Latent Design

    @LATENT_DESIGN
    Shakira Ferrell

    Shakira Ferrell

    Director of Development
    East Bay Community Law Center

    Shalini Agrawal

    Shalini Agrawal

    Director at Center for Art and Public Life at CCA

    Allen (Gunner) Gunn

    Allen (Gunner) Gunn

    Executive Director of Aspiration

    @Allengunn
    Leo Schlesinger

    Leo Schlesinger

    Group CEO - Alait Universedades
    Member - World Economic Forum Young Global Leader

    Core Collaborators

    Je’Nen Chastain

    Je’Nen Chastain

    Designer - Heller Manus Architects
    Chair - AIA Center for Civic Leadership,
    MBA Candidate - Mills College

    Jennifer Dunn

    Jennifer Dunn

    Architect, Past Managing Director of AIANY

    Courtney Drake

    Courtney Drake

    Architect, Graphic Designer

    Gina Fontes

    Gina Fontes

    Independent Freelance Brand Consultant, Graphic Designer, Photographer, and Marketing Strategist @ ginafontes.com

    Alicia Breck

    Alicia Breck

    Past Transition Coordinator, Independent Consultant, Social Planner, Policy Analyst - Government of Canada

    Kirill Volchinskiy

    Kirill Volchinskiy

    Architecture Student, Front End Developer

    @kv1_development
    Cristina Garmendia

    Cristina Garmendia

    Deputy Director of Community Planning and Development - Isles, Inc.

    Shariq Ali

    Shariq Ali

    Principal - Algebra AEC
    CEO - BLDGScout

    The Open Architecture Collaborative is a registered 501(c)3 charitable organization. All donations are tax exempt with the EIN number 81-1270707.