Architecture + Civic Engagement (ACE) Center
The Architecture + Civic Engagement (ACE) Center promotes civic engagement via projects for non-profit groups dedicated to social and environmental justice. The mission of the ACE Center is to train architects and designers to create buildings and communities that are dedicated to social causes by connecting with nonprofit organizations, employing innovative universal design principles, testing experimental materials, and exploring grassroots urban tactics. Projects explore relevant societal issues such as the Americans with Disabilities Act, architecture in developing parts of the world, and guerilla urbanism. Projects typically begin with relationships formed between community-based organizations and groups of students. Upper-division studios explore community topics, and grants then support additional design research. The ACE Center is a public resource providing inspiration and education for the public.
Jeanine Centuori, Director