The Good List: Resources for Humanitarian Design

Interest among architects in socially conscious work has surged in the past decade. Here, we provide an exclusive roundup of resources related to humanitarian design, from nonprofit organizations to fellowship opportunities. The list was compiled by John Cary, founder and editor of and author of The Power of Pro Bono: 40 Stories about Design for the Public Good by Architects and Their Clients.


Nonprofit Firms and Organizations
Learn about the numerous nonprofit firms and organizations doing work around the globe, from Architecture for Humanity to VisionArc.

Photo Tommy Stewart


Read about affinity and membership groups specifically focused on design for the public good.

Photo Matt Flynn / Smithsonian Institution

Firm Programs

Firm Programs
Big and small firms alike have long engaged in humanitarian, pro-bono, and public-interest design, both domestically and abroad.

Photo David Wakely Photography

5.4.7 Arts Center in Greensburg, Kansas

University Programs
There are estimated to be over 100 community design programs in universities across the country. We feature a few of the standouts.

Photo courtesy Studio 804


Peruse our extensive roundup of post-graduate fellowship opportunities. Most qualify for federal student loan deferrals, and some have provisions for partial or full student loan forgiveness, along with educational credits.

Photo © Iwan Baan


Check out our list of events focused on the role of design in under-resourced and low-income communities.

Photo courtesy Design Corps

Hsieh Ying-Chun

We showcase a selection of award programs focused expressly on public-interest design.

Photo courtesy Hsieh Ying-Chun, Rural Architecture Studio and Atelier 3

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