Architects in action

Whether it’s working with mayors, collaborating with filmmakers, or tackling key issues like rising water, natural disasters, sustainability, and housing, architects are leading the way.

Designing the Coastal City of the Future
How Boston architects are creating a groundbreaking plan for resiliency.

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The Future of Affordable Housing
Architects are using modular design to create more cost-effective housing – changing the future of building in the process.

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Civic Leaders
Get connected with architects in your city.

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Rebuilding an Island
A visionary architect teams with Tesla and a hurricane-ravaged community in Puerto Rico to rewrite the region’s future.

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Designing a Safer School
How architects are working with communities to create more secure campuses.

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The Future of Resiliency and Sustainability
The Hurricane Strong Home is a groundbreaking blend of resilience and sustainability

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2019 AIA Film Challenge

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News & stories

Reclaiming space, renewing a community

By Kathleen M. O’Donnell

Like the residents of many other one-time social and economic centers of African American life, the residents of Oklahoma City’s Eastside experienced redlining and segregation throughout the 20th century. In 2016, hoping to reignite interest in the historically marginalized part of town, members of the community worked together to bring business back to the Eastside.

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Charting a course for Chicago’s historic Pullman neighborhood

By Kathleen M. O’Donnell

President Barack Obama’s dedication of the Pullman National Monument in February 2015 signified a new move for the National Park Service. A major win after decades of work by Pullman neighborhood leaders, architects, and officials, the precedent-setting designation meant that planned urban areas could now be recognized as vital pieces in the fabric of our country’s landscape.

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What is a community design charrette?

By Kathleen M. O’Donnell

Throughout the second half of the 20th century, practices of community participation and equitable development entered mainstream design processes giving rise to a new generation of socially-conscious architects and designers that shape the world around us.

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