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These exceptional organizations all share a sincere interest in the power of doing good deeds. They exist
to make a difference in our lives, and in particular, the lives of the underserved.

The quality of architecture for the economically disadvantaged is greatly enriched by the work of these
non profit organizations. Their architectural works are infused with a powerful creative spirit, and a strong
sense of social responsibility.

GREENbuild Studio/Tulane University
The Tulane University GREENbuild studio, which is part of the School of Architecture, was founded in 2006, and is led by Coleman Coker, faculty member and principal of buildingstudio.

Graduate level students research, design and construct affordable homes, using eco friendly construction technologies in service to the displaced families in the devastated Gulf Coast region.

Public Architecture
Public Architecture was founded in 2001 by architect John Peterson, and it presents a new model for
architectural practice, by working outside the economic constraints of conventional architectural practice,
providing a stable, ongoing venue where architects can work for the public good.

Public Architecture has a program known as the “1% Solution” which promotes the idea of pro bono service
by asking architectural firms to pledge 1% of their billable hours to the public interest.

Rural Studio/Auburn University
The Auburn University Rural Studio was founded in 1993 by two architecture professors, Samuel Mockbee
and D.K. Ruth.

This exemplary program of architectural outreach, based in Newbern, Alabama, engages architecture students
to build homes and community buildings in one of the nation’s poorest regions.

Many of the Rural Studio’s client families have never lived in homes with heat, plumbing or weatherproofing. 

The extraordinary work of the Rural Studio has been the subject of two books, “Rural Studio” (2002) by
Andrea Oppenheimer Dean and Timothy Hursley, and “Proceed and be Bold” (2005) by the same authors.

Shelter with spirit
Shelter with spirit promotes socially responsible architecture grounded in green building technology, and
informed by contemporary architectural paradigms.

Founded in 2005, and based in Austin, Texas, this organization provides grants and pro bono architectural
services to community developers who are engaged in housing construction and renovation for the
economically disadvantaged.


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