New York City, NY

Welcome to OANY! We thrive to bring together communities, like-minded organizations, and pro-bono creative professionals to deliver design and sustainable solutions across the five boroughs of New York. For more information and to get involved, check out our local website here. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

For over ten years, the New York Chapter has been committed to providing sustainable design, construction, and development services where they are most critically needed.

I love working on my AFHny (now OANY) project because it gives me the opportunity to design in a way that considers the public good first, and to serve those who do not normally have access to architectural services. I always feel energized after working with my fantastic team, it helps me get through the rest of the week!

— Amy Leong, Project Coordinator, Save Coney Island

  • 2003

    Founded

  • 1,500

    Volunteers

  • 61

    Total Projects

Located in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, the Hearthscape garden project began in 2015 to create a more inviting space for community members to relax in a natural environment and learn about plants and animals.

Project Goals: to transform the general layout of the garden, to design and built a new chicken coop and storage unit, and to finish the existing open-air brick oven.

  • Ongoing

    Project Status

  • 8

    Number of Volunteers

This annual event connects socially committed design professionals with leading non-profit organizations, including, but not limited to, Rebuilding Together NYC, Build It Green! NYC, Publicolor, MillionTreesNYC, New York Cares with Concrete Safaris, and Services for the Underserved. Volunteers contribute an estimated $20,000 of hands-on labor, which range from planting trees to painting school walls to building a garden shed.

Project Result: This event marked the chapter's renewed commitment to the value of sweat equity. Short-term volunteering provides a rich opportunity for teams to interact informally outside of the office, and for individuals to meet each other within the context of shared values.

  • 109

    Number of Volunteers

  • 8

    Number of Sites

  • 4 / 5

    Boroughs

Located at the Maurice Sendak School in Brooklyn, New York, the PS 118 Teaching Garden was created to empower children with knowledge and encourage curiosity about their surroundings; in this case, of seasons and growing cycles, earth systems, plant life, food supply systems and waste streams.

Project Goals: 1) Involve the Kids! 2) Grow Stuff! 3) Create a safe secure environment! 4) Beautify!

  • Complete

    Project Status

  • 5

    Number of Volunteers

This project kicked off with a Design Charrette hosted by the NY Chapter and New York Cares. The brief was deceptively challenging; to design a bench that, once prototyped and presented in a design manual, could be built by volunteers using off the shelf materials.

Project Result: After much discussion, design and re-design, the result was a simple yet elegant 6’ x 2’ wooden bench comprised of a simple frame using 4x4 pieces of pressure treated lumber and a combination of 2x1 and 2x2 pieces which make up the seat.

  • Complete

    Project Status

  • 5

    Number of Volunteers