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Context Design Studio is a strategic creative practice integrating social innovation with project development and built environment design.

Aimed at achieving greater positive impact our integrated process uses design thinking, human-centered design, and the SEED framework to achieve positive social, economic, and environmental impact.

CDS partners with nonprofit and neighborhood organizations, individual clients, and supports built environment professionals to offer a fully integrated socially innovative approach to project development and the spatial design process. Our mission is to increase sustainability and positive community impact. 

Specializing in strategic planning and predesign consulting CDS supports partners to gain clarity of their vision, develop a contextual framework, and ideation. 


Reimagining the scope of the traditional architectural practice while recognizing the value and capacity of the design process in developing context driven strategies that enable positive change we empower our partners with clarity, understanding, and community support before engaging traditional (and pricey) design and production services. Our collaborative and engaged process ensures an equitable and inclusive foundation for your projects.


Strategic Planning and Pre-Design (asset assessment, concept design, feasibility, and more…


Engagement and Facilitation (participatory planning and design)


S.E.E.D. Project Certification and Management


Each project is unique and we will tailor each each of these service areas to meeting individual project goals. 

“Amanda approaches a project with powerful ideas and reflections on sustainable development using integrated community models. Amanda brings a sensitive and creative connection and understanding not only of our spatial needs, but our mission.”

“Amanda was there to support from sketching how the place would look to asking key questions and understanding what my goals for the studio are. Since then the studio has thrived and been voted the Triad's best yoga school two years running."

“Amanda is hardworking, dedicated and inspirational. A pleasure to work with. Her knowledge and skill set would benefit a range of projects and her commitment to the task cannot be faltered.”

Jenn Newton, Owner, High Point Yoga School

Victoria Farrow, BArch Course Director, Birmingham City Univeristy

Edem Ossai, Founder and Executive Director, MAYEIN Org

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