Washington, DC

Welcome to OADC! We are a network of socially responsible professionals who serve as catalysts to transform the architectural landscape of humanity at large.

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.

  • 1/2005

    Chapter founding date

  • 5

    Active Projects

  • 5

    Completed Projects

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OADC is collaborating with a project steering committee and Peace Corp member to develop concept documents for a youth community center in Lefiso, South Africa.

  • 9/2014

    Project Start Date

  • 6

    Project team members

Photo by Lefiso Team

Box Collective is a fresh initiative that aims to activate vacant lots in metropolitan areas via portable or semi-permanent structures that promotes community engagement and activities. The project team is close to finishing the portable prototype. We are looking forward to launching the prototype onto the streets of the DC/Baltimore area.

  • 12/2016

    Targeted Project completion date

  • 3/2010

    Project Start Date

  • 10

    Project team members

Photo by [ ] Box Collective Team

A Place to Go plans to construct a biogas toilet unit for the Jitegemee School campus. This system will reduce waste, eliminate the need for costly and dirty charcoal and provide a sustainable source of fuel for the school's growing meal program. Toilet waste is collected in a sealed underground chamber where it is introduced to microbes that break down harmful pathogens and produce methane gas, a clean source of fuel which will be used to power cooking appliances in school's new kitchen. Any remaining solid waste can be used as compost in the adjacent garden.

  • 12/2016

    Targeted Project completion date

  • 6/2009

    Project Start Date

  • 10

    Project team members

Photo by Jitegemee Team

The project engagement started in October 2014, when our Chapter started working with the teachers of the Goding School located in NE DC to design and renovate three of their teacher spaces to be aligned with their Reggio Emilia approach. This approach is an innovative and inspiring method of early childhood education which values the child as strong, capable and resilient; rich with wonder and knowledge. The organization of the physical environment is crucial to Reggio Emilia and has been referred to as the child's "Third Teacher." Our Team successfully completed the project on May 30th 2015.

We all love our new spaces and have been using them daily! Stay tuned for other projects we might need your help on! Best,

— The Staff (and kids) of School Within School at Goding

  • 5/2015

    Project completion date

  • 10/2014

    Project Start Date

  • 6

    Project team members

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Playspace for Children - Design services for a nursery school playground located in Hung Trach Commune in Vietnam.

  • 1/2006

    Project completion date

  • 3/2005

    Project Start Date

  • 5

    Project team members

Photo by OpenArchDC