Samuel Mockbee taught at Auburn, Harvard, Berkeley, Virginia and Yale.

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6. Do Good

Support the Rural Studio

The Rural Studio, an architecture program cofounded by Samuel Mockbee within the School of Architecture at Auburn University, has designed and built more than one hundred community projects and charity homes in west Alabama and educated more than eight hundred architecture students in a service-learning model that has garnered national and international recognition.


Hale Empowerment and Revitalization Organization works as a catalyst for community development in areas of the Alabama Black Belt to end rural poverty. As a non-profit housing resource center, HERO provides community resources and housing education.

The 1%

The 1%, a program of Public Architecture, connects nonprofits with architecture and design firms willing to give of their time pro bono.

Alley Flat Initiative

The Alley Flat Initiative is the brain child of the Austin Community Design and Development Center, the University of Texas Center for Sustainable Development, and the Guadalupe Neighborhood Development Corporation. The purpose of the initiative is to provide alternative sustainable housing options in Austin, Texas.

Architecture for Humanity

Architecture for Humanity is a nonprofit design services firm that builds a more sustainable future through the power of professional design.


BeDo started from a belief that there is good in all human beings. Pushed by a growing pressure for change, which was dictated by our environmental, economic and societal challenges, a group of (reasonably unreasonable) people gathered.

Bikes Without Borders

Bikes Without Borders is a non-profit that serves marginalized communities in both the developing and developed worlds where bikes and bike-related solutions often have a significant, positive impact on community development.

Boxed Water Is Better

Started with the simple idea of creating a new bottled water brand that is kinder to the environment and gives back a bit, Boxed Water is Better found that it shouldn’t be bottled at all. By creating a new company that features sustainable packaging, they are creating a lower carbon footprint than today’s traditional bottled water.

Buckminster Fuller Institute

The Buckminster Fuller Institute is a non-profit dedicated to creating solutions which radically advance human well-being and the health of our planet’s ecosystems.

Buckminster Fuller Institute Idea Index

The Design For Development Society (DFD) is a non-profit that works with communities and student designers to provide solutions that are the consequence of poverty. One specific solution the DFD is current assisting with is to build bicycle ambulances that allow rural communities to transport injured people to medical facilities quickly and safely in southern Africa.

Buy A Meter

HERO (Hale Empowerment and Rehabilitation Organization) and Project M started this donor program to buy folks in Hale County water meters.

Design Build Alliance

Design Build Alliance (DBA) is a non-profit develop/design/build lab which explores alternative means of producing sustainable, low-income housing by connecting existing resources in new ways.

Creative For A Cause

Creative For A Cause is a collaboration of educators of Visual Communications working for the importance of adopting a social and ethical approach to their work.


DesignBuildBLUFF is a non-profit organization that builds sustainable, off-grid homes on the Navajo Nation. Their work introduces first-year graduate architecture students from the University of Utah to the culture and history of Utah’s desert southeast, where they design and, ultimately, build a home for a Navajo Family.

Neighborhood Design/Build

The Howard S. Wright Neighborhood Design/Build Studio is an award-winning studio offered by the Department of Architecture at the University of Washington where students design and build small community projects for Seattle-area nonprofit groups.

Piece Studio

Piece Studio is a socially-based collaborative design studio in Baltimore, MD working with community organizations to create positive change.

Mod Green Pod

Mod Green Pod specializes in non-toxic organic textiles and vinyl-free wallpapers. Founded in 2005 by Lisa and Nancy Mims, Mod Green Pod believes in improving standards for producing organic fabrics and regulations regarding environmental textile practices. Its products are printed on 100% certified organic cotton with non-toxic, low-impact printing pigments and are produced entirely in the United States.

This Is Not Grass / Project M

Working in conjunction with Project M 2006, the designers are looking to fund the creation open green space in East Baltimore all while inspiring others do the same.

Unreasonable Institute

Unreasonable Institute works with young, like-minded entrepreneurs with one goal, to create contributing solutions to the biggest global challenges affecting our world.