Current Program



high school students

We educate high school-aged students in the communities we serve by offering workshops and teaching high school classes for credit.

In an Intro to Architecture class, students learn to assess community needs and collect evidence before proposing solutions. Each student develops their own case study on one aspect of the project, which also helps us measure our impact.

Students also participate in the planning, design, research, and building of each project. 

university partnerships

We partner with the University of Colorado – Boulder and other schools to provide college access opportunities to youth in the communities we serve. In return, we give undergraduate architecture and design students an opportunity to gain valuable work experience in the field.


job training

The Building Cooperative offers community members and future homeowners job training in design, construction and project management. Learning these skills not only results in the ability to construct their own homes, it also can lead to new employment opportunities, increased family income, and more economic activity for the community. 


Hands-On Training through our Native American Sustainable Housing Initiative in collaboration with the Oglala Lakota College, South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, and University of Colorado Boulder.