DAAP Cares Initiative
The DAAP Cares Initiative is a collection of faculty, students, alumni and organizations committed to improving the quality of life for individuals and communities in need through the pursuit of theoretical and applied research. This group recognizes the academic design institution as a resource for innovation and development at all scales. The mission is to foster improved quality of life by identifying humanitarian causes and working as interdisciplinary teams that connect design, architecture, art, planning, and other disciplines to conduct research, create new theoretical, frameworks and generate solutions.
The idea for DAAP Cares was presented to me by two students in the graduate Architecture program at the University of Cincinnati in 2010, soon after the earthquake in Haiti – Kelley Romoser and Adam Saltzman. They were proposing a student group that focused on projects that addressed communities in need. This aligned with my own visions of a student, faculty and alumni group that was sharing their experiences working on these projects. With the support of Dean Probst and Associate Dean Vogel, this became a reality in April 2011 at the first annual DAAP Cares event held in the Niehoff Center at the University of Cincinnati.