Celebrating the impact of volunteering at the Collaborative's 25th birthday party.
Working on a design-build project to enhance a rec center during the AIA Convention.
Sharing ideas during our Play Space design charrette.
Choosing the winners of our Storefront Design Challenge.
Creative placemaking to support the Day of Play at City Hall.
Collaborating on the reuse of the Lutheran Theological Seminary.
“How did I know the client liked our idea? Because they were jumping up and down!”
“Design has the opportunity to impact the entire fabric of a neighborhood or community.”
"Volunteer and leadership opportunities with the Collaborative teach you to work with people, and to give ideas and take ideas."
"It is inspiring and rewarding to work with such passionate and committed volunteers and community members."
“Physical design is only a part of what needs to happen for a community to be revitalized.”
“Thoughtful design doesn't take a lot of money to achieve big improvements.”
“The Collaborative is my chance to do a broader range of project types and work with different teams.”
"It's rewarding to feel like you've provided something a document, drawing, idea, enthusiasm that the community can move forward with."
“The people who live in the community and use the site know best what works, what doesn't and what is needed. Their insights are vital to creating an effective design.”
"Having the chance to give a client a new perspective on their site is a great feeling."
"All the design team members have great experiences and ideas, but it's the community that has the intimate experiences and ideas that are needed to develop the project concepts and designs."
In Philadelphia, you need to engage many different groups of people into what’s going to be the future of the city."
“I believe in my city. There is nothing more satisfying than working with other people who also want to make it better.”
“Working through the Collaborative we help organizations that might not otherwise be able to have access to our experience and skills and enable them to ‘see’ the possibilities of a more beautiful future.”
“It was amazing how everyone jumped in.”
"The most rewarding thing about working on a project is experiencing the genuine appreciation of the community members we are designing for."
"I would love to see Mayor Nutter’s dream of making this the greenest city in the country become a reality."
“In order to provide the right answer, the designer must ask the right questions.”
“Community members understand best how to positively impact their neighborhoods.”
It's rewarding to help make a difference by working on community-based projects in their too-early-for-funding stages.
“It was rewarding to see our clients willing to take further action to bring the project to life.”
“These are the places where I want to work as a design professional.”
"Engaging the community allows the design process to not only be an academic exercise, but a meaningful conversation between communities."
“Sometimes it just takes one comment from a community member to help you think outside the box and change the course of the design for the better.”
“I encourage others to participate and connect with the greater community.”
"The most rewarding part is to be able to help nonprofits take their program in the direction they want to go.”
“Design gives people a tool to be active in the decisions of their community and see the impact it can have.”
“Adding new materials can be done with sensitivity. Sometimes, you have to step outside your comfort zone and understand what materials will keep the historic feel.”
“We’re benefiting people by creating a better environment.”