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. In 2015, we joined forces with Covenant House Georgia to renew and renovate a crisis shelter where homeless and trafficked youth turn for help. In 2016, we refurbished an athletic recreation center, creating an inviting space for the children and adults of an underserved community in Philadelphia.


In 2017, AEC Cares joins forces with the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida to renovate its Center for Women and Families. We’ll bring together more than 100 industry volunteers to create a warmer and brighter space for homeless families.

The renovation of the Center offers a chance to bring positive changes to the homeless community. Since 1987, the Coalition has provided temporary residence and comprehensive services to help its clients’ economic and housing stability.

One of the few emergency shelters in the area that accepts intact families, the Coalition provides shelter, nutritious meals, and helps their clients develop a plan for self-sufficiency.

Our seventh annual blitz build, “projectOrlando,” will take place on April 26, 2017, the day before the 2017 AIA National Convention in Orlando.


In 2016, AEC Cares partnered with the Community Design Collaborative to renovate the Philadelphia Athletic Recreation Center. Used by hundreds of children in the Sharswood neighborhood for after school and sports programs, the center was in desperate need of repair and upgrades. Our sixth annual blitz build, projectPhiladelphia took place on May 18th, 2016, the day before the 2016 AIA National Convention in Philadelphia.

Completely renovating the kitchen, theatre, arts/crafts room, and the lobby, our team donated ~$340K worth of improvements in a single day! The results were breathtaking.

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 make a difference one community at a time.


*video courtesy of USG

Green Guy + Laura Marlow @ Greenbuild


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