2018 Call for Volunteers!

Call for Volunteers

Park(ing) Day/Community Voices


Interested in transforming a metered parking space into a temporary public space? OADC will participate in Park(ing) Day, which is an annual event where citizens, artists and activists collaborate to transform metered parking spaces into temporary public places. Help design and build our “park(ing)” space for the September 16 launch! This installation will be repurposed after Park(ing) Day as a travelling installation to be used at farmers’ markets and other community events in DC by OADC. Being able to set-up shop at local events will allow us to connect with local residents and provide design services geared towards the community.

This will be a good opportunity to be part of a team rebranding our presence in DC!
If you are interested in learning more about this project or possibly volunteering, contact Kate Luxner at kaluxner@gmail.com.

Project Updates

Design Remediation for the Park at Ledroit


We’ve got traction on the rehabilitation of the Park at LeDroit! Thanks to Sherry Frear, John Whilden, Adjoa Asutota, Yiling Li, and Lama Hasan, who worked hard (and quickly!) with the Friends of the Park at LeDroit in delivering a conceptual plan for the rehabilitation of their neighborhood park. $750,000 has been allotted from the DC Parks & Recreation Department to assist with soil remediation, along with other updates and features, based on input from the Friends of the Park at LeDroit. Two years ago, the Friends of group conducted a community needs assessment survey that highlighted other amenities the community desires in the park. Overwhelmingly, shade, spray park/water feature, turf restoration and trees were at the top of the list, which were incorporated in the team’s conceptual plans. DC Parks & Recreation will be sending the project out to bid with the inclusion of the team’s concepts in the coming weeks. In addition, the group will provide a presentation for the client for their use as a resource to seek further funding and community outreach.

Design for Children


We are kicking off a project for our Design for Children program with another great team of volunteers! The team will begin with a site visit this month to learn more about the center and analyze how it can be improved. Wonders Early Learning at Leland is a nonprofit provider of accredited early childhood education for children 18 months to 5 year olds. Their mission is to create and advance high quality, diverse educational communities, while making their program accessible to all. Wonders proudly offers a financial assistance program that annually provides approximately $300,000 in tuition assistance. We’re excited to work with another center who shares our mission, and can’t wait to see what design ideas the team comes up with!

Call for Volunteers: Design Remediation for The Park at LeDroit

OADC has been approached by the Friends of the Park at LeDroit to provide design alternatives and recommendations for the scheduled remediation of an existing neighborhood park. The project scope includes:

– Site visit and meeting with representatives from the Friends of the Park.
– Assessment of District plans for soil remediation, including research on cost.
– Development of design alternatives based upon available budget for remediation.

OADC is determining exact project requirements and schedule, but it is anticipated that this would be a fast-paced project with a need to produce alternatives quickly. These would be presented to the District by the Friends of the Park at LeDroit in order to determine the best use of funding. Issues for the park include:

– Poor plant growth due to compacted and deficient soil conditions;
– Reassessment of pathways and paving materials;
– Maintenance and vandalism.

3 to 5 volunteers are needed immediately to form an exploratory team to begin discussions with the Friends of the Park group. Project leader preferred qualifications:

– Familiarity with the neighborhood (bonus if you live there or nearby!);
– Knowledge of landscape construction methods;
– Interest in park design.

Drop Chau Pham a line at cpham22@gmail.com to learn how to get involved. 

Public Interest Design Institute coming to DC


Washington, DC, March 24th & 25th, 2017

American Institute of Architects (AIA) National Office
1735 New York Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20006-5292 MAP

Updated List of Speakers!

Presented by Design Corps, the SEED Network, AIA National, and the M.S. in Sustainable Design Program at The CUA. Participants will learn skills and methods to engage in community-based design through professional fee-based projects. Successful participants will earn 11.5 CEUs (AIA) or PDHs (ASLA) and certification as a SEED Professional.

Register here.