Architecture for All: Democratization of the Profession as a Necessity
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The profession of architecture typically relies on a client-based system, in which clients with money for a building describe their needs to an architect. Architects thus serve only those with financial resources. While recently there has been a rise in not-for-profit architecture firms and organizations that provide amenities and services for others, many building needs are still not being addressed. This thesis proposes a more democratized approach to the architectural practice that would support a socially sustainable future and would evolve the architect’s role to include advocating for others. As a test case, it involves the design of housing for homeless people in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada.