As a licensed profession, architecture has a responsibility to the health, safety and welfare of the public. That responsibility can be defined narrowly--to simply keep large corporate and public buildings from collapsing in our cities--or it can be defined broadly--to develop a variety of high-quality housing options, to include the public in design and development of their communities, and to advocate for parks and other communal public spaces. This section includes a variety of resources and examples for architecture students and professionals interested in utilizing their design and construction skills in service to communities.

Related Organizations
Architects/Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility

Architecture for Humanity

Association for Community Design

Design Corps

Mayors' Institute on City Design

Project for Public Spaces

Public Architecture

Ongoing Events
Structures for Inclusion Conference Series
April 2, 2005 | New York, NY

Association for Community Design Annual Meeting
March 30-April 1, 2005 | New York, NY

IDP Credit for Professional & Community Service
NCARB describes IDP's sixteenth training area, Professional & Community
Service, as "any voluntary participation, while employed in an acceptable
training setting, in a broad range of professional and community activities
to develop and enhance your understanding of the people and forces that
shape society and your professional knowledge and skills. Community service
is not limited to architecturally-related activities" (NCARB, 1999).

To fulfill this training area, interns are encouraged to:

participate in a professional association by volunteering to serve on committees and related service activities. Training units cannot be earned
for attendance only at seminars, meetings or conferences;
provide career counseling/mentoring for high school and college students;
take an active role in national state and local government affairs;
conduct educational programs about the profession in elementary and
secondary schools;
participate in civic organizations, neighborhood groups, museum programs and other activities addressing such issues as homelessness, natural
disasters, historic preservation, resource conservation and environmental
participate as a member or consultant to a local zoning board, planning committee, fine arts review board, or similar community-based organizations.