PRACTICE WITH PURPOSE - A Guide To Mission Driven Design

Practice with Purpose is a call to action – a guide to making change through the power of design.

Story By

Bill Leddy

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.