The Collaborative has always believed in building communities with strong futures. In 1991, a group of self described “anarchist architects” created the Collaborative to meet a critical need. Since then, the Collaborative has helped communities imagine their highest hopes for their neighborhoods.
The Collaborative was born out of a series of actions by architects seeking to serve their communities. Together they provided the template for who we are today.
Philadelphia is not the same city as when we started. Many neighborhoods have seen significant reinvestment and revival. But others have not shared in that prosperity. The need for social impact design is stronger than ever. The Community Design Collaborative continues to engage people, promote equitable development, and strengthen neighborhoods through design.