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How Architects Give Back

It seems as more and more people are coming to realize that in order to make the world a better place, we all have to give back. One of the best ways for many of us to give back to our communities and the world in general is to give back in the form of our talents. When it comes to architects there are several ways in which they can give back to their worlds. Some architects have even made their careers out of using their talents to improve the lives of others and the spaces they live in. Here are some of the in spired ways in which architects are giving back by using their talents.

Revitalizing Older Neighborhoods

Every major city across the nation has some type of issue when it comes to older neighborhoods. Many cities have an issue with older neighborhoods which have fallen into ruin. These blighted areas often become areas which become riddled with crime and low quality housing. There are several community organizations which are giving their resources to redevelop these areas in an effort to eliminate crime and improved living conditions for the poor. Several architects nationwide are giving their time and talents to these organizations. These professional are doing their part to make the cities they live in a better place for all.

Some architects are now opting to take paid positions with some of the organizations which are in the business of redeveloping low income housing. For these architects taking on a job with one of these firms is a way in which they can earn a living and give back to their community at the same time. Many of these positions do not pay as well as those with larger forms who specialize on more lucrative building projects. This is why many of those who take these jobs do so a calling or as part of their passion to change the world.

Third World Nations

Housing is one of the greatest issues which third world countries face. Often there are many organizations which are willing to put up their funds for the materials to build new housing for people in underdeveloped areas. The problem is that they do not have the professionals it requires to plan and develop proper housing. This is why so many of these groups are often seeking out the talents of professional architects and architectural engineers.

Architectural professionals have even formed their own groups and organizations which partner with other charities to work in third world countries. Often the members of these groups will take periodic trips to the areas in need a couple of times a years to give of their time and services there. This is great way for them to improve the world and to experience different world cultures.


Another way in which many architects are helping to give back to their communities is by teaching for free through programs which help young at risk people. These groups are great way for them to use their knowledge to inspire possible future architects.

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