Signature Process

Democratizing access to architecture and design

Community-centered participatory design

We start by actively listening. We respect the wisdom of lived experiences and prioritize the residents’ vision for reimagining their environments.

Access to professional services

In addition to our own experienced team, we may also act as general contractors and retain skilled workers appropriate to the job.

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Embedding the foundation of sustained transformation

Empowering agency & leadership

We identify, train and hire a cohort of Community Representatives from the community itself, especially women and young adults. Over time, they naturally evolve into respected leaders, supporting impact after CDA’s team leaves.

Tracking impact

CDA researchers, along with the Community Representatives, determine key outcome goals and create a plan to track and measure these on an ongoing basis.

Partnering with local organisations

We proactively collaborate with local organizations already in the community helps to identify needs, and reinforce continuity of services.

Inclusive, blended financing

Blended public/private financing

We structure financial packages based on the project’s needs. These can include philanthropic donors, impact investment, municipalities, governments, and CSR stakeholders.

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