The DC chapter started in 2005 as one of many chapters around the world. The DC chapter was created in response to the 2004 Tsunami via a meeting open to the local design community. Following, members from Counterpart International approached the group to describe how they were compelled by the group and the ideas that were exchanged. Counterpart presented a project that is located in Vietnam to design a safe school playground for the kids of a nursery school in the Hung Trach Commune region. Two leaders emerged from the group and organized several meetings in a grassroots fashion, ultimate developing design for the school. The project completed construction in January 2006. From that point, the energy of the members drove the Chapter to do more. The Chapter, has grown with the limited resources it had to work with such as time, consistent place of business and funds. The contributions of dedicated members allowed for this to happen. That is our Chapter story so far...
As of 1/1/2016, our current organizational and projects leaders are as follows: Rayya, Sarah, Matthew, Josef, Chau, Allie, Jeanne, Julia, Marcus, Lindsay, Meghan, & Mark.
Chapter founding date
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