As part of the firm’s commitment to building community, Eskew+Dumez+Ripple has implemented a skills-based service program to benefit community organizations in the New Orleans region. Each year, the entire staff is available for one work day to provide their talents for community-focused initiatives. Through this design marathon, stakeholders participate in a collaborative design process adapted to their particular project.
This year the studio worked with the following organizations to support community health, youth, education, and the arts. They include:
- The New Orleans Redevelopment Authority: NORA
- Sankofa Community Development Corporation
Through intensive, day-long charrettes, each team—comprising representation from Marketing to Administration; Designer to New Hire—participated in the collaborative event tailored to each organization’s particular challenge.