Social Advocacy

We dedicate time as a practice towards projects of social significance, bringing design to communities in need and those unable to access architects for their development causes. We believe in the positive impact of design and that it should be provided to all. In 2013, actLAB principal, Aya Maceda was awarded the Percival and Naomi Goodman Fellowship by Columbia University GSAPP which fuelled the our first project, the Active School for disaster-stricken areas of the Philippines. We recently completed the Woodside, Queens community kitchen and multi-purpose community space. Contact us to support our work.



Spice Up Your Kitchen | Woodside, Queens NY

Under the St. Teresa Church in Queens is an community space used by multiple groups within its diverse immigrant neighbourhood. actLAB partnered with community advocates to deliver not only a community kitchen, but a flexible space that caters to the needs of each user group.  A play space is revealed when a closet door opens, storage for arts and crafts doubles as writing surfaces for meetings and tutorial classes, a screen comes down for movie nights while the kitchen serves as an essential part of each event held in the space. 


Active School 1 | Maribojoc, Bohol Philippines (on-going)Interior1 copy

Active School 2 | Pandan, Bohol Philippines (on-going)0102_View2