Architecture for Humanity Re-Launched Today as Open Architecture Collaborative

By Matthew Manos | Founder and Managing Director, verynice

Great News in our feed this morning: Architecture for Humanity re-launched today as "Open Architecture Collaborative". For context, Architecture for Humanity initially launched over a decade ago, and was a leading voice in the pro-bono movement. After going bankrupt, some of their previous employees and volunteers decided to re-launch the organization on their own. They reached out to verynice to see how Models of Impact could help them in that re-launch process, so we did a series of seminars for all of their chapter leads, resulting in a new business model for their phoenix of an organization. Now they have 32 chapters all around the world, and they are officially re-launched! Big victory!

Interview | Open Architecture Collaborative's Business Model

What was something new that you learned through the Models of Impact process and report?

It's difficult to think about the breadth of business models without proper framework. Models of Impact gave each chapter that framework to begin asking themselves the core questions that contribute to the creation of a new business.

How did engaging your team with business models in this way serve as a personal development tool for the chapter leads and volunteers?

Most chapter leaders are architects and designers who do not have formal business management training. The Models of Impact exercise gave them a much needed framework for what to think of when establishing a new business and how to prioritize efforts. The initial overview with Matthew also helped set the broad strokes for the various types of business models to choose from or combine. It was a much needed base for which to jump off of and turn into action.

In what ways has this process helped to shape the next step for Architecture for Humanity?

Getting all the active chapters involved in one uniform process helped us collect the necessary data to understand what page everyone was on. Analyzing the data allowed us to realize our alignment and see that we needed to remain a non-profit entity as a network. Each chapter leader now has a few more tools up there sleeves when thinking about how they will articulate their own development as a local business.

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