Our Community Cares for yours…

What is AEC Cares?

AEC Cares is about linking architecture and construction professionals to the communities where we live and work. Every year, on the day before the AIA National Convention, we bring together CMD, the AIA and Hanley Wood, leading manufacturers, generous sponsors and volunteers from across the U.S. for a project that helps the host community.

AEC Cares started in 2011 with projectNOLA, where we helped rebuild five houses that had been devastated by Hurricane Katrina. In 2012, we worked with Sasha Bruce Youthwork and restored a dilapidated, abandoned building in Washington, D.C., that is now home for underprivileged young people working hard to stay in school and gain skills for their futures. For 2014’s projectChicago, we renovated a 30 year-old former school, now used to care for and educate some of Englewood’s underprivileged children.

projectAtlanta – This year, AEC Cares joined forces with Covenant House Georgia to renew and renovate a crisis shelter where homeless and trafficked youth turn for help. Our fifth annual blitz build, projectAtlanta took place on May 13th, 2015, the day before the 2015 AIA National Convention in Atlanta.

projectPhiladelphia – coming in 2016! Discussions are underway with the Mayor’s office and a project will be selected by the board in the upcoming weeks. Stay tuned for more details.

Together, we can accomplish something amazing. Combining the best of the industry, the best products, the best architects, engineers and GCs and the best volunteers, we can make a difference one community at a time.



AEC Cares qualifies for IDP credit

What is the industry saying?

Never before have I seen such an excellent example of businesses rolling-up their sleeves to work hand-in-hand with homeless youth advocates.

This is the type of ideal partnership you rarely, if ever, see in action.

Jim Beck, Development Director, Sasha Bruce Youthwork

These are kids who have the same hopes and dreams as everyone else, but they don’t have the resources. We’re helping connect them to all the things that we take for granted.

Matthew Aronson, AEC Cares volunteer