Our Mission

OACLA identifies, connects, and maximizes design potential to create measurable social impact for underserved communities in the Los Angeles area.

about us

The Open Architecture Collaborative (OAC) is a global network of local grassroots chapters delivering design advocacy, facilitation, assessment and small build services to local marginalized communities.  Since March of 2016, we have relaunched as OAC but have been in operation in 2005 as Architecture for Humanity.  Our national organization is governed by a group of regional leaders and Board of Directors.  We believe in ground up action, fueled by inclusive participation.  We have over 30 chapters across the world on different continents, serving the US, Colombia, Greece, and many more.

Our local organization, OACLA, is here to serve the Los Angeles community, providing local guidance and mentorship while also establishing organizational infrastructure.  We currently have over 800 volunteers, consisting of designers, thinkers, architects, graphic Artists, attorneys, engineers, and more.  We at OACLA believe that solutions can come from every which way and believe that design can be the solution to humanity’s deepest issues.  We live to listen and to approach every issue with design innovation.  Click here to learn more about our leadership!

Click here to learn more about the national organization.