In the summer of 2016 Weber Thompson started with a simple idea: to design, build, and donate basic shelter for a family in need through the Low Income Housing Institute’s (LIHI) Tiny House program. How hard could it be for a few architects to build an 8’ x 12’ structure over a few weekends, right?
Well, the effort was far from tiny, and its reach was greater than the offices of Weber Thompson. To borrow from the cultural proverb, the raising of the WT Tiny House ‘took a village’. Though the project’s inception and support was born from WT, its upbringing belongs to the larger WT community. It’s true, architects are generally not known for their skills with hammers and saws, but it wasn’t out of necessity that the WT Tiny House became a community project. The groundswell of interest and support for this project (by WT staff, our families, our vendors, neighbors and other members of the community) was impossible to restrain. Continue reading