Studio One Eleven

The 1+ AIA Challenge and Studio One Eleven's Social Impact and Advocacy Pillar

Our firm continues to devote time and talent to supporting not-for-profit organizations through pro-bono design services. Social Impact and Advocacy are among our firm's four pillars, and so we are dedicated to furthering this area of our practice.

 1+ is the largest pro bono design marketplace globally, connecting nonprofits with pro bono architecture and design services. Studio One Eleven dedicates one percent or more of working hours to pro bono service as a design firm member. Pro bono design serves a critical need for nonprofits with unmet environmental and facility needs and serves as a social change vehicle. 1+ defines pro bono as professional services rendered in the public interest without expectation of a fee or a significant reduction in fees.

In 2020, as part of the 1+ AIA challenge Studio One Eleven served several nonprofit clients with a significant fee reduction. As part of the firm's Social Impact and Advocacy Pillar, we worked with clients creating low-income housing, recreation centers, gardens, and shelters. Some of our 2020 examples include:

St. Francis Center of Long Beach. The center's location at 808 E. 4th Street opened in 1970. It operated five days a week, feeding 110 homeless persons a day and supporting ten families a day with groceries until forced closure due to the building's state of disrepair. New plans for St. Francis Center harken back to the design style of the early work of Edward Killingsworth, the architect for the original building, and honor the mid-century design style that is part of the character of the City of Long Beach. This necessary building rehabilitation is currently fundraising to donate, visit:

New Hope Bellflower Shelter. Studio One Eleven, builder Howard CDM, City of Bellflower, and Mercy House created social services with 50 beds in just five months. The city's self-certification process radically compressed cost and timeline, and a purposeful design intends to instill a sense of comfort for the residents. Studio One Eleven chose to focus on this project for the short film chosen as a finalist in the 2020 AIA Film Challenge.