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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.

Eglesto Square Public Library

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.

YouthBuild Designery Axo

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.

APB Chicago Missing Middle Six-Flat Building Plans

Community-Centered
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.

Boston Public Library Sketches

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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