Project Locus is a grassroots organization committed to educating architects and building community through the sensitive design and construction of public structures in areas of need. We intend to offer the opportunity for higher architectural education to expand its curriculum from ‘paper architecture’ to the creation of real buildings and to sowing a moral sense of service within the community. The architecture profession has an ethical responsibility to help improve living conditions for the poor and disadvantaged. We hope to challenge architects to move the status quo towards the making of responsible environmental and social changes, and towards the creation of an architecture of decency, which elevates the spirit and betters the human condition.
Our goal is to enable each participating student to cross the threshold of cultural and social disparity to create, design, and to ultimately build, and to allow them to put their educational values to work as citizens of a community. Project Locus seeks to provide, at no cost, practical, yet beautiful, solutions for underserved communities who would otherwise be unable to afford such efforts. Our aim is to practice within the limits of the vernacular and context of the community, and to create a sense of place that is warm, dry, and noble.