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ARC Giving Back: Part III

11.22.13 / Jennifer Plume

The architectural community is one with a deep-seated tradition of civic outreach and involvement. At heart, we are shapers of space and environment so it logically follows that many architects also choose to take an active role in enhancing their communities.

Community service has long been a requirement for architects to gain licensure, a fact which underlines the importance of active citizenship to architects from the very beginning.

At ARC, one of our most recent endeavors was to establish an in-house committee in support of the One Percent, a program founded by Public Architecture in 2005. The goal of the One Percent is simple and powerful: to provide access to superior design for the public good on a pro bono basis. The program seeks to connect nonprofit organizations in need of design services with architects willing to donate their time. ARC’s commitment to the One Percent program is a pledge to give the equivalent of one percent of our group’s work time to these organizations that benefit the public.

Our committee is proud to report that we have begun working on our first One Percent connection project: the Cardinal Cushing Centers. The Cardinal Cushing Centers are education and community centers that support individuals with intellectual and autism spectrum disabilities. The non-profit organization is looking to broaden their outreach capabilities by reorganizing and expanding their current facilities. Our team is currently working with Cardinal Cushing Centers to assess current and future program needs and generate a master plan for their Braintree campus.

Although knowledge of the One Percent has been slow to spread to eligible nonprofits in New England, we hope that our efforts will raise awareness of the program locally and showcase the spirit of community, one of the fundamental inspirations of being an architect.

For more information about the One Percent program and to learn how you can get connected with organizations in need of design services please click on the link below.


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