"We believe in using architecture as a vehicle to bring about change. If apartheid architecture could segregate and oppress, community-based design can liberate and enable opportunity, growth, and commerce"
Be part of a community centered design-build program where your designs directly impact local families and communities.
Learn first-hand how communities are built in a locally calibrated architectural context through a diverse summer experience.
Gain real-world experience through designing & building dignified and culturally influenced housing for resilient families.
Collaborate with students & professionals as you form friendships and connections for an impactful career in architecture.
Connect with us as we use architecture to begin the process of healing communities. You'll be part of designing & building dignified homes with a small commercial component for families in Durban, South Africa.
You'll see firsthand how your designs impact lives.
Program Cost Structure
Are you a student who wants to receive college credit or an educator interested in offering this experience to your class?
Enjoy this program as an elective , individual study, service project for your institution, or even just for fun.
Build a relationship with a new community
"Designing a home and community in the countryside of South Africa was an experience unlike any other.
...I found people and communities I connected with..."
"For me, this experience of familiarity was what enhanced the purpose-driven design - it felt like we were building for our family - the Mtshalis."
Meet leaders in community building & design