Many social issues can be successfully addressed through thoughtful design and planning interventions. The Public Design Impact Initiative (PDII) provides opportunities for partnerships between design professionals and community-based organizations who do not usually have access to design services. 

buildingcommunityWORKSHOP has found that the partnerships between designers/architects and community-based organizations are mutually beneficial, building the knowledge and experience of both to better serve others. With that in mind, [bc] is inviting community groups and organizations to submit design project proposals to be matched with local design professionals. This year, as part of a collaborative effort to extend equity in design to rural, colonia areas, [bc] is seeking proposals from nonprofit organizations and community groups based in the Rio Grande Valley. 

How you can get involved:

Nonprofit and community groups:


  • Are you a designer, architect, landscape architect, engineer, graphic designer, artist or planner interested in providing services for PDII projects? Fill out the Designer Request for Qualifications to apply to be a Partner or Advisor for PDII; and to stay up-to-date on future volunteer and partnership opportunities.

Questions and comments related to the Public Design Impact Initiative may be directed to Elizabeth Jones (Dallas) at or 214.252.2900 or Elaine Morales Diaz (RGV) at or 956.443.2211.