Many architects today come forward to provide betterment for the community and have a say in what they do. Other than just architects, established firms also work to promote the same cause. Here I mention 10 architects whose works are noticed by the public and stand to show what community architecture truly is.  

Community architecture a term used to embrace the planning, design, developments and other technical aid in the benefit of the community. This term has its basis in England while in the United States; it is to be known as Social Architecture. All, promoting the same but with a different name. Many architects today come forward to provide betterment for the community and have a say in what they do. Other than just architects, established firms also work to promote the same cause. 

Here I mention 10 architects whose works are noticed by the public and stand to show what community architecture truly is.  

1. Bjarke Ingels

An architect who is reshaping the world as many say. He builds not just to, build but to solve an architectural problem. The concepts and designs are derived from what he has. Every bit is taken from the problem itself and, there lie the answers. Playful designs, a larger-than-life persona, and media maneuvering have propelled the Danish architect to incredible heights.

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2. Simon Allford

Co-founder and director of Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, and chair of the board of trustees of The Architecture Foundation. Now also elected president of RIBA. Speaking in the meeting, he mentions his strategy to create a more open and engaged RIBA and, he believes the same with his work for the community.

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3. Zaha Hadid

A British-Iraqi woman whose architectural works speak for themselves. A woman who received the Pritzker and Stirling prize for her exceptional work. The architecture is created, for a cultural, and transformative role for the community. Always involving society rather than demeaning it. 

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4. Frank Gehry

World-renowned architect, an architect known for his use of bold, postmodern shapes and unusual fabrications. He does so in the best interest of the people. His designs are always inspired by the simplest things that turn into a beauty. Despite his difficult construction and unusual methods, the architecture is a place to visit. 

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5. Norman Foster

A leading architect to put forward his modern and innovative designs concerning sustainability. Norman Foster is a successful architect whose projects are all over the world. His community architecture approach comes from the engineering aspect, which might not be seen but is used as part of his projects. 

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6. Sou Fujimoto

A Japanese architect who creates an exceptional design with his unusual ideas, and brings the people together. All his projects have a social mindset from the beginning his designs are based on the crucial function of a building which is human behaviour. So according to this approach, he builds a concept and a design for the people. 

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7. Shigeru Ban

An architect who uses the simplest material to come up with the most efficient and beautiful projects in architecture. His work is devoted to the welfare of the society and even those who are refugees in areas, where a natural calamity occurred. He has created homes for them with just cardboard and other simple materials to provide shelter. 

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8. Bernard Tschumi

An award-winning architect who is yet criticized, for his work and the style. In which he neglects and runs over other conventions or rather, rules in architecture. He believes that architecture cannot be separated from the events that will take place within it. He creates interactions between space, movement and action. 

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9. Kazuyo Sejima

A part of SANAA architects, she is a Pritzker prize winner along with her partner. An architect who believes that it is not about the final product but rather about the design process. Her idea or concept merely depends on the design operation rather than a single idea. Her work is simple and efficient and all for the public. 

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10. Winy Maas

Wilhelmus “Winy” Maas is a Dutch architect, landscape architect, professor and urbanist. Also known as MVRDV. One project that particularly draws attention to this architect is the WOZOCO project comprising almost 100 units and could be made larger. In this project, it is clear that the architect works towards the community in numerous ways. 

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All architects somewhere or another work towards community architecture. Some are out in the public while some are on the back end. It is sometimes difficult to categorize community architecture because of perceptions, but everyone does their bit in serving society and does a good job at it. To conclude, community architecture is not just about architecture it is about thinking and design, and this all comes from the architect. He or she puts maximum effort to make the architectural piece the best it can be.

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Zoya Hooda an architecture student with a creative passion for writing and design. There is not a single word that could describe her but a combination she is, loving, ambitious and carefree. She is determined towards what she wants. She is not perfect, but she is close.

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