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!

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.


Architects from Across Country Attend Women’s March on Washington

Karen Kubey

Photo by Karen Kubey

As it has been widely reported, hundreds of thousands of women, men and children crowded the National Mall January 21 for the Women’s March on Washington. Among the many who came out to stand in opposition to the incoming administration were architects and designers from organizations including The Neighborhood Design Center, Impact Design Drinks DC, Open Architecture Collaborative, Institute for Public Architecture, Architexx, Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation, Architects/Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility, The Architecture Lobby and AIANY Women in Architecture. Apart from defending their right to practice architecture, designing homes rather than being confined to them like their grandmothers, many of the attendees’ concerns went far beyond feminism and calls for equal pay.

While none of the organizations listed above endorsed specific polices of the March, the architects and designers who attended had a wide range of individual concerns with the administration’s policies. The AIA Code of Ethics requires architects to improve “the environment and quality of life” and to “uphold human rights in all their professional endeavors.” In additional to his refusal to pay architects and contractors on several of his developments, the President’s refusal to acknowledge climate change and his desire to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border propose ethical dilemmas within the building and construction industry. His choice of Energy Secretary for example, Rick Perry had previously campaigned for President on the promise to abolish said organization. Additionally, the choice of Ben Carson for HUD secretary was particularly troubling for volunteers with Open Architecture Collaborative who are concerned by both his lack of experience in the field and his desire to cut funding for social welfare programs, including public housing assistance.

While the months since the election have been uneasy for many, the march offered a moment of catharsis and a reason to stand in support for human rights and the environment. With signs proclaiming “Women’s Rights are Human Rights” and “Mr. Rogers would be ashamed” marchers chanted “this is what democracy looks like” and discussed ways our various professional organizations will continue to fight for the causes we are obligated and honored to defend.

The March was an empowering experience, which has inspired a movement to resist the Trump administration’s divisive policies. As many who attended begin to write postcards to their Senators and plan future rallies, the architects in attendance will take this experience back to their organizations energized to continue to build positive change through design.