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Architecture for Public Benefit is a mission-driven architecture practice committed to improving the lives of all through design.

Design is everywhere from the home we live in, the seat we work at, and in the ways and places we gather. Our practice is dedicated to solving the unique challenges of communities and nonprofits through a creative and collaborative approach. Each relationship is based on communication, trust, and transparency and a belief that architecture should be approachable, beautiful, and for everyone.

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Design with a Mission
Every project starts with a collective mission and clear design impact goals. We work closely with communities and various stakeholders to identify what matters to them and how an investment in their built environment can improve their lives. By forming diverse and dedicated teams with a single aligned vision, we significantly increase our shared ability to create spaces that are useful, beautiful, and meaningful for the people they are built for.

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Professional Expertise
Design is about finding simple and innovative solutions to difficult problems. Our approach embraces constraint and sets a budget and timeline to bring ideas to life. Throughout the design and development process, we apply our professional experience, continuously considering design, code, community, and city requirements. Our collaborative approach brings together the partners and advocates needed to build consensus, set and meet goals, and serve communities in need.

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Our team values the specific and essential knowledge held in the community and aims for a genuine and inclusive community engagement process. We work with each community to respond to its distinct needs, conditions, and identity.

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Hear from one of our partners:

"We are a youth development organization and have been so fortunate to be able to work with APB on a number of design projects, including proposals for built projects for our community and graphic design of 2 of our Annual Reports. They have not only been extremely professional but also kind, passionate about supporting our youth--mostly from urban, low-income, immigrant communities--and using their talents to elevate diverse voices of youth that are not heard enough in society or represented enough in fields like architecture and design. They have vision, insightfulness, and integrity, and we could not recommend them more highly for any project."

-- Leah Okimoto, Founder and Executive Director of Aaron's Presents

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Architecture for Public Benefit specializes in creative solutions for mission-driven organizations and offers a full range of architecture services.

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We all grow and change and our needs change with us. Does your organization have plans for extending its reach? We can help you envision and fund that change through pointed imagery and fundraising material. At Architecture for Public Benefit, we are visual storytellers and will help you craft and communicate a vision to others. Aligning all stakeholders with your plans for growth will significantly increase your support and probability for success.

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Looking into the feasibility of a property and if it will work for your needs? We can do site evaluation that will look at code requirements, developable area and FAR requirements, environmental considerations such as prevalent winds, solar orientation, access, parking solutions neighborhood contextual studies, transportation and access, market and demographics and all the forces which should be taken into account to produce a successful.

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Program narratives identify and prioritize the values and goals that will impact design. It covers broad aims such as your purpose and growth objectives, in addition to more detailed-oriented spatial requirements needed to support your activities, events, and mission. The document typically includes function and sizing of rooms, spatial adjacencies, privacy acoustic, security and access, natural light, equipment and furnishings, and any additional information that can guide the project.

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In addition to pre-design and post-construction services, we offer complete design services that will transform an idea into a built project. This includes new construction, expansion, or renovations. Our design process is supported by drawings, physical models, renderings and BIM modeling software. We will collaborate throughout assuring that the final product aligns with your budget and needs.

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We advocate for post-occupancy surveys because we believe in the power of evidence and data to inform decisions. We stand behind our work and will evaluate a project during its lifetime. This study will provide your organization with valuable insight in addition to supporting building maintenance and facilities management efforts.

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Want to make the most of what you have? We can study your space and business operations in order to increase your team’s efficiency, productivity, and wellbeing. Beginning with an existing conditions survey and identification of current pain points, we will suggest spatial and strategic solutions that address your goals.



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Architecture For Public Benefit is a Chicago and Boston based practice on a mission to make exceptional design accessible to all.

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