Architect’s Newspaper : Austin Angels receives $20,000 design services grant from Michael Hsu Office of Architecture for community center project

Michael Hsu Office of Architecture (MHOA), an integrated architecture and interior design practice with offices in Austin and Houston, has announced that the nonprofit Austin Angels is the recipient of a $20,000 in pro-bono design and consultation services awarded through the firm’s seed program, dubbed the Design For All Partnership. Alongside Austin Angels, described as an organization “committed to wrapping community around children, youth and families experiencing foster care by offering consistent support through intentional giving, relationship building and mentorship,” 23 other community organizations applied to MHOA’s Design For All Partnership.

“Our team is thrilled to work with Austin Angels in our inaugural Design for All Partnership, providing design for their new community center,” said Michael Hsu, principal of MHOA, in a statement. “We believe our background in hospitality design, paired with Austin Angels’ deep understanding of the needs of the foster community, will result in a dynamic facility where they can successfully implement their many programs.”

Through Design For All, MHOA will, as mentioned by Hsu, help Austin Angels to design a new community center at a 2.5-acre site, formerly home to a church, in the fast-growing Austin suburb of Buda. As detailed in a press release, the community center project will yield “efficient office working space for the team, which will continue serving children, youth and families experiencing foster care through free programming, events, workshops and more.” Additionally, the center will “serve as place for families to receive respite and support, a training facility for volunteers for their national network and a hub for their community to gather for various trainings, celebrations and more.” In addition to its work with Austin Angels, MHOA is also offering pre-design services to Delivering Unto You for a future birthing center that will be the first Black-led and -operated facility of its kind in Austin.

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