Center for Public Interest Design

Portland State University
Center for Public Interest Design
School of Architecture, College of the Arts

1914 SW Park Avenue, Shattuck Hall 235
Portland, 97201
United States

Academic Organisation
established 2013


The Center for Public Interest Design (CPID) is a research + action center at Portland State University that aims to investigate, promote, and engage in inclusive design practices that address the needs of underserved communities worldwide through work that is socially conscious, environmentally sustainable, and economically accessible to all. 

CPID was established in response to the critical need in underserved communities nationally and in developing nations for design practices that address issues such as inadequate shelter, food and water scarcity, disaster preparedness and recovery, and economic well-being. The work of the CPID builds upon several decades of progressive practice and research in public interest design of the center’s inaugural fellows and founding director, Sergio Palleroni. Based at PSU’s School of Architecture, the CPID fosters opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration among professionals, faculty, students, and community partners in order to advance engaged design practices and the emerging field of public interest design.

The Center for Public Interest Design provides research, design, consulting, and community engagement services to address the persistent challenges facing our most vulnerable communities and ecosystems. 



Oregon, Inner Mongolia, Haiti, Taiwan, Phillipines

Academic Levels
  • B.A., M.Arch

Registered Members
Prof. Sergio Palleroni Architect, Professor
Director, Founder
Research Associate, Faculty Fellow
Construction Methods/Techniques