Deadline for GC2022 submissions in 

Towards a more inclusive, sustainable architecture

GC2022 is now live! Accelerating self-build community projects worldwide.

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Architects on a mission

In the face of intensifying global social and environmental emergencies, ever more local communities are building much-needed schools, housing and other projects for themselves.

However, all too often, they lack access to the right professional architectural expertise, and resources, to realise their project.

Our mission is to connect the most impactful and sustainable community projects worldwide with our global network of 60K+ architectural professionals and resource partners.

By matching the right expertise and resources with the right project, we're building a world in which architecture serves the many — not just a privileged few.

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Our network
60,000+ professionals

You are not alone! Join fellow architects and building professionals looking to Do-it-Together.

450+ pro bono experts

Donate your expertise and skills to self-build community projects in need, in rural and urban areas around the world.

88 countries

Our community members and ambassadors collaborate and create new connections — across five continents.

‘Do-it-Together’ in practice
  • best practices
    El Tr3bol, Bogotá, Colombia

    In an informal settlement in Bogotá, local community and experts have collaborated to revive a community gathering place, El Tr3bol, that has become a vibrant community hub.

  • best practices
    Granby 4 Streets, UK

    After several decades of top-down planning to regenerate this run-down neighborhood in Liverpool, it was a bottom-up approach led by the local residents that made the difference.

  • best practices
    De Ceuvel, the Netherlands

    De Ceuvel is a clean tech playground located in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Converted from an industrial wasteland, today it is home to a thriving community of entrepreneurs and artists.

  • best practices
    ModSkool, India | finalist of 2016 Global Challenge

    In one of Delhi’s slums, local community activists, leaders, architects have joined forces to build back a school that responds to future evacuations and climate conditions.

  • best practices
    The Chamanga Cultural Center, Ecuador

    After the earthquake in April 2016, local residents, civil society organizations and academia collaborated to rebuild this Afro-Ecuadorian cultural house in San Jose de Chamanga.

  • best practices
    R-urban, Gennevilliers, France

    R-urban proposes a strategy that catalyses a bottom up, collective (re)construction of the Commons in our cities, rather than an architectural solution. Focusing on sustainable urban living, R-urban directly involves the community around common resources and facilitates self-managed placemaking.

#GC2022 is accepting submissions!
This year’s Global Challenge will identify and showcase the most inclusive and sustainable architectural projects worldwide — and accelerate their development. Join us!

Why enter #GC2022?
"Finance, Network, Project Development & Recognition"

We asked our 2021 Global Challenge project leaders and board of experts where the GC accelerator had contributed the most value.

Watch the video and hear what they said! 

#GC2022 Partners


Thanks to the kind support of our #GC2022 Partners, we’re accelerating the development of architectural projects with the radical potential to improve the lives of rural and/or urban communities world-wide.

#GC2022 Sponsors


Our sponsors directly and sustainably improve the lives of rural and/ or urban communities around the world. 

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