It’s Not Just About Us
At Artisans Group, we help more people have access to healthy, functional spaces. We contribute because we believe that, in strong communities, people use their skills to help each other thrive.
We Consult and Advocate
Habitat for Humanity
Artisans Group works with Habitat for Humanity to design neighborhoods that provide stable, affordable housing for seniors and for households that make 80% or less of area median income. These neighborhoods contain anywhere from 20-120 units — single family homes, townhouses, senior cottage housing, co-ops, or condos. Our master-planned neighborhoods incorporate indoor and outdoor gathering spaces where residents can build strong community connections. These large-scale designs are led by our belief that good design makes for good neighbors.
We work with Homes First, a Thurston County-based agency that rents safe, affordable housing to people who need it most. We partner with them to advance the construction of ADUs and other diverse building typologies to provide more affordable housing options for people in Thurston County and beyond.
We Educate and Volunteer
Expanding Your Horizons
Every year, Roussa volunteers as a teacher at this regional event that encourages middle school girls to pursue STEAM subjects.
Passive House Accelerator
We also support Passive House Accelerator, an educational forum that helps get the word out about the benefits of Passive House design and that supports all the Passive House work in the industry.
Design Review Board, City of Olympia
Roussa sits on the Design Review Board to protect the character and nature of downtown Olympia.
American Institute of Architects Southwest Washington
Tessa is on the board of AIA Southwest Washington and serves as co-chair of the Advocacy Committee. She is a founding member of the Women in Design group within the larger chapter.
Thurston County Chamber of Commerce
Tessa has been a Thurston County Chamber Trustee and Board member since 2022 and serves on the Business and Economic Development Committee.
Each year our principals lecture across the country and our region. We’ve lectured at Syracuse University, University of Arizona, University of Oregon, The Evergreen State College, local middle and high schools, and at many other educational venues.
We donate yearly to:
Habitat for Humanity
This legendary nonprofit helps people in local communities build or improve houses so more people can have a place to call home.
Boys and Girls Club
Boys and Girls Club gives kids a chance to build relationships with caring adults.
SafePlace works to stop sexual and domestic violence and engages in crisis intervention and education.
Community Youth Services
CYS provides an array of services to help a wide range of youth: those in foster care, those who need help finishing their educations or getting a job or finding a safe place to live, and those seeking meaningful ways to connect with society in a positive way.
South Puget Sound Community College LGBTQ+ Student Success Fund
This fund supports LGBTQ+ students, helping them access an innovative, accessible, and affordable education and finish their degrees.
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