Engaging Community


An architect's work affects communities, respectfully engaging with them and adopting solutions created in partnership is imperative. Such engagement leads to a more equitable built environment that flourishes. This guide notes that engaging communities has challenges resulting from years of inequitable practices in architecture and beyond, largely due to structural racism. With greater equity, the profession improves its impact and increases its value to society.

New additions to Chapter 8 (effective December 2020)

  • Description of recently-increased expectations for community engagement.
  • Expanded ideas about the relevance of historic inequities to current challenges.
  • Additional suggestions for preparing architects for reciprocal engagement, including attention to critical race theory and environmental justice.


Chapter 8: Engaging Community >

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