LS3P announce that the firm has joined 1+, a network of designers dedicating a minimum of 1% of working hours to pro bono work. 1+, an initiative of the nonprofit Public Architecture, was founded to connect architects and designers with nonprofit community partners seeking assistance with facilities needs. Targeted projects provide solutions for architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, engineering, urban design & planning, and sustainability needs.
Chief Practice Officer Katherine Peele, FAIA sees this commitment as an important avenue for strengthening communities and elevating design quality for all. “Architecture is deeply rooted in design thinking and problem solving, and when we apply our unique skills to the built environment, we can generate far-reaching impacts,” Peele explains. “Access to high quality design can be instrumental for our community partners in raising awareness, fundraising, providing facilities, and serving their clients at a higher level.”
LS3P’s pro bono work over several decades has benefitted a broad range of community partners; joining the 1+ network allows the firm to formalize its commitment to community engagement through design and to track long-term impacts. CEO Marc Marchant, AIA, believes that joining the 1+ network reinforces the firm’s values. “Our vision states that in our commitment to the Southeast, we create architecture that enriches community through a culture of design excellence, expertise, innovation, and collaborative engagement,” Marchant says. “Designers have a responsibility to help communities address challenges and prepare for new opportunities. Good design can enable our community organizations not only to thrive, but also to flourish.”
Founded in 1963, LS3P is an architecture, interiors, and planning firm with regional roots and national reach. Operating from its eight offices in Charleston, Columbia, Greenville, Myrtle Beach, Charlotte, Raleigh, Wilmington, and Savannah, LS3P is deeply committed to the communities in which it serves, and has been honored with over 580 design awards in diverse practice areas. For more information on LS3P, visit www.ls3p.com.