The Building Cooperative

Building a Better World. 

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Supporting design education and innovation.


Community Development

Hand-in-hand, throughout the full lifecycle of each project, we advance the right to resilient, affordable, and healthy communities for all peoples and nations.

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Affordable Housing

Through The Building Cooperative, families can build their own homes, purchase them with sweat equity, and establish credit through microloans for materials. 

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From community needs assessments to impact evaluations, we make sure that our work is informed by evidence and that our results are shared widely.    

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We offer high school courses, college access opportunities, community workshops, internships for college students, and job training for residents. 

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Today’s students.
Tomorrow’s leaders.

Students also participate in the planning, design, research, and building of each project. Recently, several high school students from the Walatowa High Charter School will participate in a new youth-build initiative. 


Annual Report

Building change.

The Building Cooperative addresses racial and socioeconomic inequity by meeting a community's needs for economic development — as well as safe, healthy, affordable, and culturally supportive housing. We believe that architecture is bigger than a single building, it’s a social art and political act built from profound relationships and hard work.

We see an incredible opportunity to empower more communities, more organizations, and more people through collaborative architecture and design. We invite you to join the circle and build change with us.