Lexington, Kentucky

Welcome to OAC Lexington! We are an organized group of local professionals seeking to positively impact Central Kentucky through equitable design services. Our expressed goal is to be an approachable resource for collaborative community building utilizing the power of design as a vehicle to empower those within our region who don't typically have access to the services of Architects, Planners, and Designers.

Green House 17 (formerly the Bluegrass Domestic Violence Program) became one of our earliest partners in 2012. We worked with them on a masterplan for their entire shelter site, which included an amazing strategy of utilizing their agricultural location to their advantage by developing a working sustainable farm for economic resiliency and healing through immersion in the natural environment.

  • Completed

    Masterplan Delivered

  • 8

    Number of volunteers involved

Photo by Michael Hogan

In the spring of 2014, we were approached by a member of the Clark County School Board to consider working on the design and construction of a ADA accessible ramp for a student living in rural Clark County who was having a difficult time reaching his bus stop. We worked with community partners to survey the land, provide construction drawings, and construct a ramp which was able to navigate the difficult topography.

  • Completed

    Project status

  • 10+

    Number of volunteers involved

Photo by Michael Hogan

One of the first projects our group worked on in 2010 was a competition for a bus shelter in Lexington, KY held by a local non-profit to encourage the use of public transportation by providing improved conditions at a location with limited resources available. Our group submitted two entries for consideration.

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    Project status

  • 4

    Number of volunteers involved

Photo by Michael Hogan

In collaboration with the city of Lexington, we were able to hold the first ever 'PARK(ing) Day' in Lexington. We were able to take a large roll in recruiting volunteers and involvment from local design firms to install mini-parks within the confines of a paralell parking space. The goal was to demonstrate how even small amounts of public space can dramatically improve the pedestrian experience in urban areas. Our group has been involved each year since 2012. The event has focused on alternative transportation, urban heat island issues, and water conservation.

  • Completed

    Project status

  • 40+

    Number of volunteers involved

Photo by Michael Hogan

In collaboration with the Sheltowee Trace Association, the US Forrest Service, and RossTarrant Architects, a group of volunteers designed and constructed a set of stairs along the Sheltowee Trace, which is an extensive trail system running through the Daniel Boone National Forrest.

  • Completed

    Project status

  • 20+

    Number of volunteers involved

Photo by Michael Hogan

We've recently been approached by the Montgomery County Library Board to help them visualize how best to use the outdoor areas surrounding a new library currently under construction. They are looking for progressive ideas in developing an interactive landscape design for the use of the community.

  • Ongoing

    Project status