The Communities by Design program brings together architects and other professional disciplines to work alongside the residents, professionals and institutions of host communities on key local issues. Every project is community-driven and includes meaningful public participation in an intensive process to match professional expertise with public values and aspirations to create an action plan with phased, implementable recommendations for the future.
Since the program’s start in 1967, the Communities by Design (CxD) program has completed over 230 projects and won more than a dozen awards globally. Past CxD projects have helped tackle critical issues including downtown and economic revitalization, disaster recovery and preparedness, affordable housing, zero carbon policy, and historic preservation.
“The Communities by Design program aligns spectacularly with the values and programming of the Architects Foundation,” said Bill Roschen, FAIA, Architects Foundation President.
“We are thrilled for the opportunity this program brings to expand our efforts as AIA’s philanthropic partner to attract, inspire and invest in the next-generation design community, and support the communities where we live, work, play, learn and thrive.”