Building community. Not only the name of our monograph. It’s who we are. It’s what we do.
As part of Eskew+Dumez+Ripple’s commitment to building community, the firm implements a skills-based service program to benefit community organizations in the New Orleans region. This program seeks to connect leaders within our practice and the community and support their efforts to affect issues of social justice through design excellence.
Each year, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the studio of approximately 50 employees divides into teams and participates in intensive, day-long charrettes. Each team works together with selected community organizations to provide tangible results tailored to the organization’s particular challenge.
This is a design first approach to pro-bono work. To have our MLK Day of Service process highlighted by this December article by Architecture Record is an honor. We hope it continues to raise awareness to the 1+ initiative to dedicate 1% of hours to pro-bono services while connecting nonprofits with design services. Our website and these videos explain further.
Jose Alvarez presented on this program at the 45th Annual NOMA International Conference & Exposition, focusing on how to nurture the practice, provide professional staff development and create a strong businesses development platform while providing meaningful community engagement.