The Collective was founded by a small group of students in response to the lack of representation, opportunities, and support encountered in University and in practice. Formed as a collaborative design group, we explore cities, politics, and culture through the lens of environmental design, in pursuit of a design practice that reflects us, our communities, and our values.
Our work in part is fuelled by our lived experiences, and is shaped by the needs of our often under-represented communities. In order to dismantle the power dynamics often encountered within the discipline, we work towards bridging the gap between theory and practice, connecting discourse with application and action.
Our practice challenges and exposes inequality in the built environment, amplifies the voices of marginalized communities, and explores alternative forms of practicing architecture. We are strong advocates for an interdisciplinary and intersectional design practice that is led by collaboration and strong public engagement.
1. Our online journal initiates an interdisciplinary introspection into architecture and design, while simultaneously serving as the first stage of theoretical and conceptual development.
2. The themes and concepts initially explored in the online journal are applied through our designs. The  Design Collective actively collaborates throughout the design development, engaging with creatives and members of the community.
3. Through final implementation, we continue to prioritize the community, ensuring our designs add value to the people and the environments they are intended to serve.