Written by LEDDY MAYTUM STACY Architects, Practice with Purpose is about designing buildings beyond their property lines to address some of society’s most urgent challenges: the climate emergency, racial and ethnic injustice, chronic homelessness, educational crises, and the preservation of the embodied carbon and culture of existing buildings. These are not discrete phenomena - they are inextricably linked in an ecological and societal emergency that demands creative, integrated design responses. Architects and designers have a historic opportunity to help lead our communities toward an equitable, climate-positive future for all.
Twenty years ago, LMSA rededicated our practice to focus on these urgent issues. In Practice with Purpose, we share our experience and insight as a call to action to the architecture profession. Through case studies, data-driven essays, user testimonials, and thought-provoking questions, LMSA offers design and practice strategies to architects, designers, and students who want to make an environmental and social impact on the world we live in.