- Freedom West Homes
Everyone deserves access to opportunity, reward, safety, and security, regardless of their identity. Our commitment to a more equitable and just society means we invest time, energy, and resources to bring about positive outcomes for historically excluded people through design.
In Our Work
- School District of Philadelphia Educational Specifications and Design Guidelines
Shepherding Systemic Change
- University of Florida Institute of Black Culture and Institute of Hispanic-Latino Cultures
Design Foundations in Cultural Identities
- The Triumph Ward 8
American Architecture Award-Winning Family Housing
- Austin Independent School District Long-Range Plan
Long-Range Planning Rooted in Equity
GIS for Equity Outcomes
Stretching Industry Tools Toward New Outcomes
Part of an equity lens is evolving the way we use common industry tools to drive equitable design solutions. Geographic information systems has been in use since the 1960’s. Today, we’re part of a new vanguard defining and testing principles for its equitable application.Read More
Opportunities for Equity in Design
From addressing historical disparities to innovative long-range educational planning, here’s how we put our commitment to equity-focused design into action.
Semillas y Raices: The Future of Farming Communities
Architecture at Zero 2022 Merit Award winner, Semillas y Raices, models a community to meet housing demands where workers establish roots in their own space.
Rich in Black History but Long Underfunded, These HBCU Campuses Will be Preserved
A new pilot grant program is designed to help Historically Black Colleges and Universities preserve significant buildings and sites on their campuses--an initiative that is long overdue.
Celebrate Engineering: Encourage, Innovate, Collaborate, and Contribute
It’s imperative we spend time in our communities and help educate students at all age levels on this career path.
Within Our Walls
Real, lasting change starts by holding up a mirror aiming to understand not only the systems and institutions that form the basis of our society, but also the interpersonal and individual experiences in our offices. To this end, we have:
Our Equity Forum is a group of cross-disciplinary employee owners and leaders. The Forum engages employee-owners to explore where inequities may exist within our own walls and industry and take action to make a positive, lasting impact.
Personal Development Grants
Funding Equity-oriented Explorations
Awardees of this unique program have developed a children’s book with an inclusive cast of female STEM professionals, designed an exhibit of common ADA accessibility challenges, filmed a documentary on human rights at the U.S. Mexico border, created an interactive memorialization of queer Harlem landmarks, and documented unconscious biases that impact women in the workforce.Read More
In the Industry
Every child should have the opportunity to see themselves as an architect, an engineer, an interior designer, or a planner. We promote a more equitable future with racial and gender diversity in integrated design professions through outreach, mentoring, and leadership efforts beginning in elementary school and extending into professional life.
What We're Saying
Every project and client solution starts with a spark of an idea. Design thinking and problem solving are some of the ways we start to engage a design challenge.
Meet our People
Our sector, discipline, and executive leaders are dispersed to mentor the next generation of employee-owners, counsel clients, and share their design voice in their local communities.