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Altruism by Design

How To Effect Social Change as an Architect, 1st Edition

By Adam R. Wilmes


258 pages

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Altruism by Design: How to Effect Social Change as an Architect is meant to prepare the individual designer – whether a student or practicing professional – for a career dedicated to serving communities in need through design and construction. It will help you understand the complexities, opportunities, and benefits of creating architecture that promotes social equality and community so that you can make a difference.

What you'll learn:

-How community-based studios can respond to natural disasters and economic conditions

-How to build what you design

-How to develop relationships with non-traditional clients

-How to structure your career to be dedicated to social change and sustainable design

-How to discover funding opportunities for projects in a not-for-profit firm

-How to consider moral and financial aspects of your practice

-How you can collaborate with other design professions to determine the future of the built environment

Featuring detailed case studies, including work by Studio 804 and Pyotak Architects, and more than 100 color images; this book is essential reading for providing you with a viable path to altruistic design.


'With interviews and case studies highlighting some of the best work happening in the field, Altruism by Design is an informative yet approachable compass to help architecture students get oriented with the range of possibilities within Public Interest Design.' Barbara Brown Wilson, Departmentt of Urban and Environmental Planning, University of Virginia, USA

Table of Contents

Preface. Acknowledgements. Introduction. Part One: Building an Understanding of Design for the Interest of the Public 1. Creation of a Paradigm 2. Responding Through Design Part Two: The Pursuit of an Education in Design for the Interests of the Public and the Transformation to Socially Devoted Professional Practitioner 3. Building What is Designed 4. Designing Amongst the People 5. No One is an Island for the Sun 6. The Needle and the Barn Full of Hay Part Three: Under the Authority of Designing with Social Awareness and Social Devotion 7. Stories About a Different Bottom Line 8. Intersecting With Society 9. One Road. Resources. Image Credits. Index

About the Author

Adam R. Wilmes is a registered architect in the State of Kansas currently practicing in the Kansas City metropolitan region of the American Midwest.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARCHITECTURE / Design, Drafting, Drawing & Presentation
ARCHITECTURE / Professional Practice
ARCHITECTURE / Sustainability & Green Design