Public architecture: the 1% program

The resources of architecture in the service of the public interest


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The 1% program challenges architecture and design firms nationwide to pledge a minimum of 1% of their time to pro bono service. The 1% connects firms willing to give of their time with nonprofit organizations in need of design assistance.

In what ways is this project unique and creative? Edit

Launched in 2005, The 1% program of Public Architecture is a first-of-its-kind program to encourage pro bono service by architects and designers.

Based on a 40-hour workweek, 1% represents a modest 20 hours per year per person. Were all 240,000 architecture professionals in the U.S. to sign on, the collective resources would be the equivalent of a 2,500-person firm (the largest in the world) working full-time for the public good, totaling an estimated 5,000,000 hours annually.

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"The 1%" pro bono service program of Public Architecture provides a simple and free way to increase awareness, recognition, and support of any architecture firm’s pro bono activities.


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