7 Strategies for PID Practices

1. Focus on Social, Economic, Political and Environmental Impact

Each group of people and project has some kind of Social, Economic, Political or Environmental challenges that they face. Finding what it is and helping resolve or positively impact will help the group and project get back on its feet.

2. Engage the Community

For the most part, each project that is built or worked on is focused on the community. The community knows its struggles and problems. Having the community members sit in on designs and meeting will benefit the project by providing useful feedback to better the project. Communication with the community is a key success to each project.

3. Identify Projects

PID projects don’t come to practitioners through marketing like conventional firms. Most projects come from relationships and nonprofit organizations. Dan Pitera explains that being involved in the community provides social marketing resulting in exposure of the organization and potential projects.

4. Expanding Disciplinary and Professional Boundaries

            Very often in PID projects, conventional boundaries are broken to adapt to the custom project requirements. This requires cultivating new skills, strategies, and working in collaboration with community partners and experts in other fields.

5. Overcome Funding Limitations

Much much time and effort is put into each project and a lot of it is purely donated. There are fees and expenses that just can’t be donated and that’s where funding comes in. without funding these projects are near impossible. Very rarely is there an abundance of funds. Coming up with ideas to avoid these limitations is important for the success of each project.

6. Advocate for Equity

Advocate Advocate Advocate! We are all in Need.

7. Educate the Profession

Until recently, professional education on PID was limited. With the expansion of non-profit architecture organizations, this knowledge is spreading very quickly. The rapid growth of education is starting to open new doors of opportunity and allow the professionals to be ready and knowledgeable as soon as they step into the field.


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