A critical component of any built environment includes a sincere engagement with local site conditions. Just what form that engagement takes depends on the individual participation of the many different stakeholders that participate in every construction project. As the industry at large is moving in a more sustainable direction, and as our economy is continuing its slow creep forward, players across the design spectrum are examining their role in the future of our profession. In preparing for future opportunities, pro bono design services are increasingly being favorably considered throughout the industry.
In this day and age, corporate responsibility is not only a way to do good for the community, it is also a vital instrument for companies to engage future clients and help shape the profession for years to come. Recognizing important issues surrounding this idea and its relevance to the design community, Teknion generously sponsored a presentation in Atlanta last week that included John Peterson, President and Founder of Public Architecture, a non-profit organization that encourages the design community to donate their services to any one of the over 1.5 million non-profit organizations in the US. “More and more we are seeing the importance of giving back to the industry; the design community wants to be engaged in corporate responsibility,” said Maxine Mann, President of Teknion’s U.S. operations. “Our Public Architecture events provide an opportunity to engage first-hand with firms actively involved in The 1% program and view projects they have completed,” she said.
“Public Architecture shares best practices, resources and advocacy to both the design community and the non-profit community,” said Mr. Peterson in his opening remarks.”We also take on projects that we feel are good models for the profession and the non-profit community to work together in unique and sometimes unconventional ways.”
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