Dialog

Dialog is curated by the 1+ program’s parent organization, Public Architecture, and represents a collection of articles, case studies, and other resources to further the discussion surrounding design and social impact.

Pro Bono Design Handbook for Nonprofits

A step by step guide for nonprofits in need of design assistance to connect with the 1+ program network of architecture and design firms who have pledged a commitment to pro bono service.

Categories: Case Studies, Stories of Impact and Reporting

The 1% 2011 Firm Survey

As the economy slowly recovered in 2011, architects and designers increasingly put their skills to work for the public good, according to a survey of nearly 1000 firms by Public Architecture in collaboration with researchers from Harvard Business School.

Categories: Stories of Impact and Reporting

Hayes Valley Playground & Clubhouse

Hayes Valley Playground & Clubhouse is the first of an on-going series of case studies that feature projects by AIA members participating in The 1% who are making pro bono service an integral part of design practice. WRNS Studio and The Trust for Public Land partnered on this community-driven project that boasts a holistic system of passive site and building strategies, and sustainable design elements that minimize environmental impact and maximizes community benefit.

Categories: Case Studies, Stories of Impact and Reporting

Kiva Headquarters

Kiva Headquarters is the second of an on-going series of case studies that feature projects by the AIA members participating in The 1% program who are making pro bono service an integral part of design practice. The San Francisco-based international nonprofit, Kiva has the mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. STUDIOS Architecture provided Kiva with a new workspace that supports both their mission and culture within the constraints of a limited budget.

Categories: Case Studies, Stories of Impact and Reporting

Hawaii Wildlife Center

Our third case study features the Hawai’i Wildlife Center designed by AIA members at Ruhl Walker Architects, a Boston-based firm that has made pro bono service an integral part of design practice. As Hawai’i’s first wildlife recovery center, the facility consists of three integrated and sustainably designed components: a wildlife care and response facility, an interpretive and outreach lanai and garden, and an open-air education pavilion.

Categories: Case Studies, Stories of Impact and Reporting

The 1% 2008 Firm Survey

For the second year in a row, the survey queried architecture and design firms that have pledged a minimum of 1% of their working hours to pro bono service. The results show designers throughout the country are increasingly putting their skills to work for the public good.

Categories: Stories of Impact and Reporting

Public Interest Design: Evaluating Public Architecture

University of Texas School of Architecture’s Center for Sustainable Development collaborated with Public Architecture in 2012 and 2013 to host the Public Interest Design Externship Summer Program. Through post occupancy evaluations conducted by student externs, this collaborative report contributes to the research to better understand the true benefits, effect, and challenges inherent in eight recently completed public interest design projects located in San Francisco and Austin.

Categories: Public Studio, Case Studies, Stories of Impact and Reporting

Cabin Project

Our fourth case study features a project by Woodbury University architecture students. Led by two AIA credentialed professors over four semesters, students designed and built a series of structures in support of the Shadow Hills Equestrian Center therapeutic horsemanship facility.  A group of eight cabins take their cues from the linear compartmentalization of horse stables and are constructed from altered ready-made storage sheds.

Categories: Case Studies, Stories of Impact and Reporting

Design Access 2014

A glimpse into our third annual Design Access Summit - and a look into our work with University of Texas, Ford Foundation, and national and local experts to make the new University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley the nation's premier anchor institution.

Categories: Public Studio, Stories of Impact and Reporting

The 1% 2009 Firm Survey

The third survey of firms in The 1% program conducted by Public Architecture in collaboration with researchers from Harvard Business School. The 1% Firm Survey is our most important tool to improve The 1% program and understand the participating architecture and design firms’ experience.

Categories: Stories of Impact and Reporting

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