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Community Build Program

Mission Statement

Established in 2009, The MassArt Community Build Program promotes projects for public and non-profit entities that solve practical problems encouraging human interaction in the built environment. Through education, advocacy, and research leading to design and construction, it provides opportunities for students and communities to work as partners on design-build projects.


A core goal of the MassArt Community Build Program is to embed curricular work within the architectural profession, using the studio as a laboratory that results in built projects.

Community Build, a key studio in the program, is a central required element of the M.Arch curriculum. During this summer studio, M.Arch students lead the design and construction of a project for a community partner. Over the course of the term, students bring architectural form from concept to reality while meeting the goals of the client group and exploring the expressive potential of building materials and structural systems. Mentoring and supervision is provided by industry professionals including architects and engineers. 

The program also includes interdisciplinary courses and projects which involve students and faculty from majors across the college in innovative art and design partnerships.

Past Projects

2015 - The Codman Academy Charter Public School

Outdoor learning space, Dorchester, MA

2014 - Cambridge Friends School

Seating and Shade Trellises at Entry and Courtyard and Improved Directionality, Cambridge, MA

2013 - Up Academy

Re-envisioned Entry: Educational Garden and Deck, Signage and Metal Relief Sculptures, Dorchester, MA • View Design Overview

2012 - Putterham Meadows Public Golf Course

Concession and Event Space, Brookline, MA • View Design Overview

2011 - Dennis C. Haley Pilot School

Outdoor Interactive Learning Center, Roslindale, MA • View Design Overview

2011 - Solar Decathlon

Massachusetts College of Art and Design Architecture students and University of Massachusetts Lowell engineering students collaborated on the solar powered "4D Home" for the Solar Decathlon competition in Washington, DC. First-time competitors, Team Massachusetts placed 9th of 20 entries with a student driven design

2010 - Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary - Mass Audubon

Outdoor Classroom, Lincoln, MA • View Design Overview

2009 - Carter School

Weather Shelter for Bus Entrance, Boston, MA • View Design Overview


Community organizations interested in potential projects may contat Patricia Seitz, Professor and Head, Graduate Architecture Program, at • 617.879.7677