Beyond good design.
Design for good.
We are a design firm made up of individuals. Specifically, nearly 900 passionate, creative, generous people who want to make our world a better place. That’s a lot of potential to create impact in our local communities. Inspired by our founders’ early work in education and the arts, and propelled by current employees’ commitment to civic engagement, HGA invests time, resources, and expertise to create positive local impact. We believe it’s not just corporate responsibility: it’s human responsibility.
Want to know more about how we impact our communities? Read our 2019 Community Action Report.
Begun in 2015, this grassroots, employee-initiated effort to enhance the social impact of our work has led to close collaboration with local organizations. HGA’s Community Action Program consists of four primary programs:
Days of Service | Pro Bono Design Services | Design Workshops | Outreach
Days of Service
Hands-on, face-to-face volunteer days benefit local non-profits and community groups. By engaging in service work, we learn about and explore the social impact of physical environment while having fun as a team
Pro Bono Design Services
Throughout the year, HGA employees donate their time to local community organizations, helping at all phases of the design process. Non-profits benefit from our expertise, while professionals at HGA gain valuable experience in various project roles.
It’s amazing what can be accomplished in a day. Intense design charrettes unite local groups in need of architecture, engineering, design, or marketing services with teams of HGA professionals for problem solving, brainstorming, and design. For more information on the next design workshop, hosted in Los Angeles, click here.
Outreach creates connections across the community and generations, working with local schools and youth programs to encourage interest in the design of tomorrow's buildings and cities. Working with the architects, engineers and citizens of tomorrow, these formal and informal relationships are a chance for everyone involved to grow and learn from each other.
HGA Minneapolis Community Design Workshop
HGA believed in our little idea and, with unrelenting encouragement, helped us build something grander: We're engaging volunteers a a level we never dreamed of.
Sue Millin, Exec. Director
Volunteer Center of Washington County
Working with the boys and girls to bring furniture into their new space was uplifting and exciting for everyone involved.
Providing your resources to nonprofit organizations like ours is a real god-send. It makes possible the near-impossible. The process was invigorating and pure FUN!