Our Mission

The Catholic University Design Collaborative's mission is to train effective architects with a strong social commitment by guiding architecture students through actual design projects. The Design Collaborative provides opportunities for students to gain hands-on experience through work on actual projects with community clients.

Our program provides architectural services to those nonprofit and community groups in the District of Columbia who could not otherwise afford architectural design services with the ultimate goal of repairing and improving the city, its neighborhoods and its buildings.

Our program is an approved NCARB Community-Based Design Center/Collaborative (CBDC/C).