Kounkuey Design Initiative is a community development and design nonprofit. We partner with under-resourced communities to advance equity and activate the unrealized potential in their neighborhoods and cities.
Who we are
We are a team of landscape architects, urban planners, civil engineers, architects, community organizers, and researchers working around the world across four service areas.
Design + Build
We work with disadvantaged communities to design and build "Productive Public Spaces", integrating critical amenities and green infrastructure to meet social, economic, and environmental needs.
Plan + Program
We help residents advance their long-term visions through planning projects and design resident-led programs to generate income, energize culture, build community capacity, and activate our built works.
Research + Test
We fill clear gaps in knowledge and create a basis for effective and equitable development by working with communities to design and deliver rigorous research projects and test solutions to risk.
Advocate + Educate
We leverage our built work, networks, and research to shape policy alongside communities, governments, and universities. We promote community-led design through conferences, lectures, and publications.