Celebrating the Holidays with Community Service

At Page, we promise design that makes lives better. But we also use our creativity to address immediate community needs throughout the year like designing playgrounds, repairing and restoring homes for elderly citizens, raising money for bus stop shelters, collecting canned food to create sculptures that raise awareness of hunger and feed people and making backpacks containing school supplies for lower-income children. Even though the holiday season is the busiest time of year for most people, community needs are still very much top of mind for Page offices across the country.

We firmly believe this commitment is attributable to our clearly defined core values of commitment, creativity and collaboration. Those words and their synonyms were referenced over and over again throughout the year as we all continuously reinforced to each other why we are here at Page – and why we want to be here. All these were the source of inspiration for our holiday greeting card this year, featured on our Home Page

A popular event for designers is a Gingerbread competition. Many local AIA (American Institute of Architects) chapters and other organizations sponsor these and each designates a local non-profit recipient such as a food bank or children’s charity. These activities are usually held in public gathering spaces such as town squares or shopping centers so that members of the community can watch and enjoy the competitions. This in turn raises awareness of the beneficiaries as well as architecture and engineering as potential career paths. One of the Page offices also supported a toy drive for a youth foundation that provides services to maximize children’s potentials, and another bought bicycles for children who otherwise might not have any holiday gifts. Take a look at the above gallery for a glimpse of our Pagers this holiday season – you may see someone you know!

If you'd like to see more examples of creative gingerbread buildings, WFAA Good Morning Texas featured their local Ginger Town on the news. To view the video, click here and look for the close-up of the two-story Page house with "solar candies" in the middle of the pink roof at 2:10, about halfway through.