Our mission is to bring the value of good design to those with little or no access to it. For GA Collaborative, ALL HAVE THE RIGHT TO GOOD DESIGN.
At the core of this mission is a belief in the importance of research and craft in the design process and the value of sharing of that knowledge and experience with others. Founded in 2008, GA Collaborative is a non-profit collaborative group of designers, practitioners, and educators with expertise in architectural design, landscape design, industrial design, and the visual arts. We have been involved with projects in Albania, Bangladesh, Burundi, Haiti, Rwanda, Sudan, and the U.S. that range in scale, program, and complexity with this mission in mind.
We work with partners on projects that can have an intelligent and sustained impact on communities, and the individuals most in need of productive spaces and design foresight. To this end, we work with communities and organizations to find appropriate funding, develop design methodologies, and create strategies for sustainable growth.
Our organization focuses on three areas of social impact: research, design, and education.
Design solutions rely on research to gain understanding in the cultural, material, and socio-economic issues for each project. Engaging in research allows us to build relationships with partners, clients, and governing organizations. We build collaborations with the construction industry and those who share a common vision.
We consider new and old building technologies to find the right balance of practical, cultural, and community needs to best serve our local partners. We design the process of building as much as the building itself. These include materials and manufacturing research, utilizing local knowledge and skill bases, and placing emphasis on teaching best practices.
We consider education to be a primary goal of our work. Learning through doing transcends formal educational models, allowing our projects to become workshops whenever possible and appropriate.
We have experience working in a number of project models including, traditional client/contractor, community-based, and low-skilled training endeavors. We have worked with the UN to develop accessibility guidelines, corporate partners to ensure they are best meeting the needs of the local community, and individual families seeking accessible and responsible housing.
This experience spans projects in Albania, Bangladesh, Burundi, Haiti, Rwanda, Sudan, and the U.S. that range in scale, program, and complexity with our core mission in mind.