The Open Architecture Collaborative is the platform for bringing together under resourced communities and architectural designers to actualize their full potential through positive action. The international network provides organizational support, individual trainings and resources, and a global network platform for community focused, volunteer design chapters.
When the inherent capability of architectural designers is rallied, enormous untapped resources can be mobilized to work on behalf of underserved communities. The Open Architecture Collaborative (OAC) is the platform that brings together under resourced communities and architectural designers to reach their full potential through positive action. When people design and build their own environments, they take ownership of the places they create, sustain them long term, keep them safe, invest in them, and color them with their most precious expressions. The OAC marshals the intellect, passion, and professionalism of architects, designers, and allied professions to serve their local nonprofit organizations, municipalities, community groups and associations so they gain agency in the development of their neighborhoods.
The OAC is an umbrella organization providing support, training, partnerships, guidance, federal tax structure, and international leadership to dozens of local chapters in the US and around the world. While the umbrella group supports the architects, designers, and allied professionals within the network, each local chapter works alongside community organizations to serve marginalized residents. Chapters comprised of volunteer leaders and members bring design knowledge and experience to communities who often do not have access or funding to improve their environments. Services that chapters implement include, but are not limited to: community‐design charettes, advocacy graphics and events, feasibility studies, grant applications, demonstration projects, urban planning and small design build efforts.