AIAS Arizona Freedom by Design (Tucson, AZ)


  • Name:Ms. Marcela Gracia

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:AIAS Arizona Freedom by Design
  • Address:1040 N. Olive Road
    Tucson, AZ 85719
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:5203120259

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User Address

  • Address:2800 W. Broadway Av.
    Apt. 711
    Tucson, AZ 85745
    United States

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  • Mission:
  • Life safety, dignity and comfort are the foundation of and the reason for Freedom by Design. Freedom by Design utilizes the talents of architecture students in service to the communities by helping individuals with physical challenges. Minor, yet vital modifications are made to enhance the homes of individuals by addressing their struggles with everyday tasks such as bathing, ascending stairs and opening doors. The program also empowers architecture students to become owners in a process that radically impacts the lives of people through design-build solutions.
    Through the numerous AIAS chapters, Freedom by Design teaches students how to resolve accessibility issues while simultaneously providing them with the “real world” experience of working with a client, mentorship from local architects, and a knowledge of the practical impact of architecture and design. Local professionals are crucial in the client selection and the design-build process. Licensed architects, contractors and health professionals all make ideal mentors as the students design attain permits and construct life-changing solutions. Volunteer time is a two-fold benefit to FBD: students develop safe and affordable projects for their clients and they receive the benefits of mentorship, which is priceless.

  • History:
  • The American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) is a non-profit, student-run organization that has chapters in architecture schools nationwide.
    To ensure that chapters flourish locally, the AIAS offers a community service program, Freedom by Design, which utilizes the skills of architecture students to impact the lives of people in their community through modest design solutions.
    Freedom by Design started in Denver, Colorado in 1999 by Brad Buchanan and Leslie Acosta. After a hearing a presentation from Mr. Buchanan, representatives from the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) developed a plan to integrate the program in architecture schools throughout the country. In 2004, six AIAS chapters were selected to become pilot programs, and in 2005, five more chapters joined the program. The following year Freedom by Design was implemented nation-wide.
    Today, approximately 150 AIAS chapters around the country can provide the benefits of Freedom by Design to communities and individuals in need.
    The AIAS Freedom by Design at the University of Arizona, recently finished it's first project in the state last semester, and is looking forward to the start and completion of the next one this year.
    Each chapter has its own board and staff.

  • Year established:2011
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:4
  • Advisory board size:2
  • Staff size:10


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Unknown
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
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