"If you think it's expensive to hire a professional to do the job, wait until you hire an amateur."
Paul Neal "Red" Adair

Community Design Services

WAF Board Member and E/L Studio founder Mark Lawrence, AIA, listens as Pat Nalls, Founder and Executive Director of the Women's Collective, describes her organization's vision for its downstairs space.

Are you a nonprofit looking for architectural services? Community Design Services (CDS) can help! Founded in 1991, CDS provides local nonprofits with pro bono design services if they can not otherwise afford these services. CDS architects can:

  • Put clients’ dreams on paper in drawings or reports to be used to gain community support or for fundraising;

  • Assist in preparing a design program for your project;

  • Evaluate buildings to determine whether the structure can accommodate your program; and

  • Provide conceptual designs, and cost estimates

CDS helps both mature and emerging groups meet housing, accessibility, healthcare, education, homeless services, and community development needs at the neighborhood level. Working directly with client organizations, CDS volunteers prepare preliminary designs and offer technical assistance, including cost estimates, zoning analysis, programming, and presentation drawings.

CDS creates a quality-of-life ripple effect through communities: one improvement project encourages the next. Our portfolio of projects includes simple efforts, and very complex ones, such as developing a downtown for LaPlata, Maryland, following the tornado in 2002.

For a more information on projects that the CDS program has facilitated, please click here.

RELATED ITEMS - CDS Project application

Download: CDS Project Application