Spaces of Hope is a nationally-recognized 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization aimed at improving experience, opportunity, and scholarship for students interested in studying and/or pursuing a design-related profession. The organization was founded in 2012 in Lawrence, Kansas, focused on a vision of bridging the gap between academics and practice within the field of architecture. The organization has grown to work with and assist over 500 students and 200 professionals alike.
The organization will continue to expand, develop, and impact the lives of students through creating positive and constructive environments where students and professionals alike can engage in the practice of mentorship and exploration.
The 2017 Napkin Sketch Contest received submissions from across the states of Kansas and Illinois. The art of being able to communicate via the hand through imagery is an essential task of designers.
The World Expo Design Challenge has allowed students to develop an increased understanding and appreciation for global cultures, apply passive and active heating and cooling systems, incorporate sustainability and understand the design process to generate and develop a final design for their pavilion.
Jumpstart serves to provide educational outreach opportunities to learn about design, architecture and urban planning to students in middle schools and high schools in the Kansas City metropolitan region.