A design leadership experience for social equity

a design leadership

experience for
social equity

We are building public interest design knowledge through interactive workshops and hands-on field experience. This program is grounded in the values of inclusion, access, co-creation, equity, diversity, justice and reciprocity.

You will learn proactive processes such as active listening, engaged research, personal self-reflection and responsive iteration towards responsible social impact design methods.The goal of this program is to view the design process through the lens of equity and justice.  

* We define equity as “just and fair inclusion into a society in which all can participate, prosper, and reach their full potential.” (Policylink)

2020 Fellowship Applications Now Open!

Thank you for showing interest in the fellowship. We hope to see your application by the deadline of Dec. 13th at 9pm PST. 


Program Logistics


Two weeks with in depth workshops and peer to peer community building 

January 25th/26th & February 8th/9th


Two months of partnership cultivation and project scoping with community groups with continued education

February - March


Post holiday celebration with partnership storytelling and project presentations



Three months of project implementation with continued education

April - June

The second fellowship will take place in the San Francisco Bay Area from January to June 2019. We ask you devote up to 20 hours of workday time over the duration of the 6 months with the additional time being on nights and weekends.  

As a Pathways to Equity Fellow, you will gain:

  • Hands on, real world experience with a community partner

  • A self reflective practice

  • A network of practitioners with your shared values (your tribe)

  • A launchpad for your leadership

We will accomplish this through:​

  • Workshops from local subject matter experts and national industry leaders

  • Funds to implement community-based projects

  • Your commitment of 2-4 hours a week to build relationships with community partners

  • Peer to peer support and learning

  • Leadership from mentors and ongoing support

For more information and to learn how firms can support this work email us.

  • Schedule a lunch and learn at your firm

  • Receive support to advocate for your participation in your office

  • Ask about scholarships 

  • Discover opportunities to sponsor the program


This program is a collaboration between the Open Architecture Collaborative and the Association for Community Design. After 16 years of experience working with volunteer architects and designers on community driven design around the globe, the Open Architecture Collaborative shares the lessons learned. ACD brings the knowledge and experience of leaders from community design centers and practitioners from around the US to inform the program content and drive the community partnerships.




Tel: 510-214-2954

2973 16th St. Suite 300

San Francisco, CA 94103

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