WORKSHOP: Alternative Frameworks for Architectural Practice | The Coop Model
This workshop took place on April 9, 2021, as part of ACSA 109, the annual conference of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture.
The goal of the workshop was to explore the potential of cooperative models in architecture, which espouse collaboration in lieu of competition. These models leverage resource and knowledge distribution as alternatives to prevailing free-market modes of contemporary practice. By rethinking the profession in terms of the social, economic, and political potential offered by these practices, architects may foreground care over profit and commonized use-values over exchange values in order to create more equitable, just, and livable communities. During the workshop, members of the Architecture Lobby guided attendees through a series of explorations to collectively deepen our understanding of cooperative models in architectural practice.

Type of Project: Workshop
Host: ACSA (Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture)
Location: Online
Status: Completed, April 9, 2021

Collaborators: Gabriel Cira, Peggy Deamer, Martha Kriley, Chase Robinson, Quilian Riano, Shawhin Roudbari, Ashton Hamm, Matthew Okazaki, Christian Rutherford