Social Impact Design

Description

Neighborhood Allies’ Social Impact Design Program builds the capacity of both designers and the community by providing project management and schematic design support. This newly launched program works to increase the flow of public and private community development capital to low-income communities, building a network of equity-focused designers and community leaders, while elevating the voices of marginalized leaders in architecture and development, especially in our Black and Brown communities.

Goal of the Program

The overall goal of our Social Impact Design work is to make “good” design accessible to historically disinvested communities by extending the capacity of local organizations and community groups, and for-profit designers. Excited to get started? Here is a tool to help you realize your Design and Development Priorities and help prepare to engage with a design team! 

What We Provide

We use our expertise to provide storytelling and design services to support the realization of community projects by acting as a translator of community visions to architects, urban designers, and artists seeking to elevate the wants, needs, and visions of our focused communities. Through fielding incoming requests by community leaders and residents, and serving as “project managers” and community liaisons, we are able to keep abreast of project-related issues and best practices, to ensure design aspects of our Neighborhood Level Strategies are captured. We also conduct thorough site analysis and research to support the project, and ensure that the long term quality of life and neighborhood image is both preserved and improved upon. 

How to Engage

Interested in learning more about our toolbox of services? Check out our program portfolio or Submit an intake form to request services! 

Not seeing what you need? Connect with our Senior Program Manager for Social Impact Design, Tamara Emswiler for information about the program and ways to collaborate at tamara@neighborhoodallies.org.

We are building our network of equity-focused designers!

If you are interested in supporting our Social Impact Design work, and have experience in any of the following principles, we’d love to collaborate. 

  • Architecture
  • Urban Planning
  • Interior Design
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Historic Preservation
  • Engineering
  • Community Design
  • Stormwater Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Photography
  • Program development & Fundraising

 Apply to join the design network! 

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Stories of Impact

Jordan Swartz Joins Neighborhood Allies as Social Impact Designer

Jordan Swartz Joins Neighborhood Allies as Social Impact Designer

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Please Join Us in Congratulating Itha Cao and Tamara Emswiler on their New Positions at Neighborhood Allies

Please Join Us in Congratulating Itha Cao and Tamara Emswiler on their New Positions at Neighborhood Allies

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We’re Hiring! Neighborhood Allies Seeks a Social Impact Designer

We’re Hiring! Neighborhood Allies Seeks a Social Impact Designer

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