Connecticut, USA

Open Architecture Connecticut is a volunteer collective that brings design and development services to communities and nonprofit organizations in need. We strive towards compassionate and sustainable improvements to the built environment both locally and globally. To join the conversation and stay informed of our activities, please join our Facebook group.

A lecture by Architecture for Humanity co-founder, Cameron Sinclair, at the Yale School of Architecture in 2009 inspired a group of local design professionals to found a chapter in New Haven, CT. The chapter has been active in affordable housing, education, and livable community projects. Our work extended north to Hartford in recent years so the chapter renamed itself to AFH Connecticut in 2015. Please e-mail us or join our Facebook group to share project ideas and connect with a collaborative of socially conscious designers.

  • 2009

    Founded In

  • 19

    Members

  • 13

    Projects completed

Middlesex Habitat for Humanity of Connecticut reached out to us for help when they acquired an existing house that was deemed beyond repair. Our challenge was to design a new Energy Star Version 3 home to meet Habitat’s accessibility standards and to incorporate a driveway that was required by the City of Middletown on an already narrow wedged-shaped site. We also volunteered one day during the construction.

  • 2013

    Completed

  • 1

    Building

  • 7

    Volunteers

The chapter held a design competition for urban park furniture including a picnic table, trash can holder, and bicycle rack. A prototype was installed along the waterfront of Long Wharf Park in the City of New Haven, CT for use by patrons of the food trucks that frequent that park. If the prototype is successful, it could be replicated and used throughout the city park system.

  • 2012

    Completed

  • 2

    Prototypes built

  • U. of Bridgeport SSAD students win ParkFEST furniture design competition.

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