Shanghai-based We Design puts the building in capacity building for grassroots nonprofits. By offering pro-bono design services, they provide professional help at a quality that many organizations and communities cannot afford. We Design began in early 2010 when three architects, an interior designer, and a landscape designer joined forces to open a branch of the international nonprofit Architecture for Humanity (AFH), which provides a platform for architects to offer their design skills to nonprofits. In January, the group decided to transition away from AFH while continuing to engage with nonprofits in need of design assistance.
Now with around 20 steady volunteers and a database of 100 professionals, We Design is finding itself in high demand as they work to fulfill their philosophy of designing “safer, more sustainable and more innovative projects that are assets to their communities and an ongoing testament to the ability of people to come together to envision a better future.”