Los Angeles, CA

Open Architecture Los Angeles (OACLA) activates local creative professionals to deliver design and develop solutions that help solve real issues within our city. Our main website is https://www.oacla.org/ for more up to date information.

We partner with local non-profit organizations, schools, municipalities, and community groups to first listen to the needs of our city then apply design as a solution to issues through the use of our creative volunteers. We strive to create innovative, sustainable, and affordable solutions for the humanitarian issues that span across Southern California.

Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care

— Theodore Roosevelt

  • 2010

    Founded

  • 800+

    Volunteer Network

  • 18,000,000

    Population of Region

FEATURE PROJECT: Avalon Carver Community Center in South LA has approached OACLA to collaborate on improving their space so that they can reach more people in their community, specifically children and families. They currently provide mobile STEM labs for 2,500 kids, afterschool programs, and space for many other organizations. Additionally they would like to add a charter middle school and housing. OACLA is currently conducting a feasibliity study and master plan to help Avalon Carver achieve their vision.

Services provided: site analysis, programming, feasibility study, conceptual plans

  • 1940

    Founded

  • 40,000 sqft

    Building Area

  • 100,000's

    People served

PAST PROJECT: After an earthquake devestated the town of Lamas, Peru in 2005, the city was without resources for the community. Partnering with the LA based non-profit LALESA, Inc, the LA chapter embarked on a mission to help rebuild by providing a design for a flexible facility for educational programs, cultural events, and display for their growing tourism industry to allow for community growth.

Services provided: Design Development, Interior Design, Cost Estimating

  • 639 sq. meters

    Project Size

  • 15

    Volunteers

  • 17,000

    Population of Lamas that would benefit from this project

Photo by OACLA