Portland State University’s School of Architecture has announced a brand new Center for Public Interest Design, “a research center that aims to investigate and utilize the power of design to make social, economic and environmental change in disadvantaged communities worldwide”. It will be the first of this type of institution in the U.S. The center will be lead by Professor Sergio Palleroni who received the American Institute of Architects’ Latrobe Prize for Public Interest Practice in 2001. The mission for the new center “meets a critical worldwide need for affordable, sustainable design”. As of now, only two percent of new building and construction in the United States involves an architect. In developing countries, this percentage is substantially lower. Without the assistance of architects educated in building practice, sustainability, public design, and affordability, it is difficult for developers to create long-lasting and much-needed buildings where the environmental impact is low.