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Communities all over the world are struggling to build effective strategies to address their key challenges, from climate change and equity to housing and revitalization. In response, 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 for a place. 

Communities by Design is a program of the Architect's Foundation, the philanthropic partner of The American Institute of Architects (AIA)

Learn more about Design Assistance Teams!

  • 1.  Learn more about Design Assistance Teams!

    Posted 09-21-2022 03:43 PM
    Communities by Design: Ask us anything
    October 6, 2022 | 3pm EST
    Join our Ask us Anything session to learn more about CxD's Design Assistance Teams and how to apply for a DAT in your community! 

    The Communities by Design (CxD) program was designed to provide a ready, applicable model to overcome these challenges and provide communities with a path to success. Through a series of community tours, public workshops, and design studios, CxD Design Assistance Teams work with communities to create an action plan with phased, implementable recommendations for the future. The process results in strategies that integrate the entire community in the implementation effort, often spurring momentum for dramatic transformations to begin immediately. 

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