INSPIRED IMPACT™ is an ongoing blog series that gives voice to social entrepreneurs and leaders of mission-driven organizations who are making an impact in their communities, industries, and around the world.
WHAT DO YOU DO?
A leader in sustainable design, net-zero homes, livable communities, and ski resorts, Caddis applies sophisticated design and creative solutions to every project. In addition to our skills in architecture, our expertise in grassroots community engagement is essential for large-scale projects, specifically that of multifamily housing, resort development, and institutional projects.
WHY DO YOU DO IT?
We are passionate about exploring ways of living more lightly upon our earth in beautiful, healthy environments.
WHAT IMPACT ARE YOU MAKING?
Changing the built environment to be more sustainable and resilient, improving lives through neighborhood design and the provision of affordable housing, cohousing, co-ops, and other alternative modes. Participating in the public discourse and impacting local land use code and city/county policy.
WHAT (OR WHO) INSPIRES YOU TO MAKE THIS IMPACT?
We need to spend our time on this planet somehow, might as well do good.
WHAT’S YOUR BIG DREAM FOR THE ORGANIZATION AND THE IMPACT YOU WANT TO MAKE?
To be a part of large-scale change in policy, urban design, and the ethos of architecture, but in the most immediate sense, we hope to serve our clients and residents and to support their lives with beautiful, healthy environments.
WHAT RESOURCES DO YOU NEED TO MAKE THOSE DREAMS COME TRUE?
Investment in our projects – specifically cohousing communities, which face financing challenges because they are unconventional and don’t fit into the usual boxes.
WHAT IS (OR HAS BEEN) YOUR BIGGEST CHALLENGE?
Scope – our firm is small but we accomplish a lot. If we had more capacity, we could accomplish more. The other largest constraints for positive development patterns is the conservatism of banks and land use regulations.
WHAT WORDS OF ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR OTHER LEADERS LOOKING TO MAKE AN IMPACT?
Do what you feel is right, whenever you can, and you’ll be amazed at what happens. Don’t worry about the big accomplishments, just stay at it and make a lot of our the immediate opportunities.
HOW CAN OTHERS SUPPORT YOU OR YOUR CAUSE?
Spreading the word, investing in our real estate projects, and being open-minded to revolutionary new ideas.
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