Design Advocates is a network of experienced architecture, design, and advising firms, as well as individuals, who volunteer their time and expertise to collaborate on projects, research, and advocacy to serve the public good. Initiated in April 2020 as a non-profit platform for collecting data and empowering design businesses in the era of COVID-19, Design Advocates has since expanded into a collective effort to match designers with those in need by providing pro-bono design services to small businesses and community organizations while engaging in ongoing advocacy for the broader independent design industry. In particular, Design Advocates pushes for equitable design and firm diversity to contribute to a just built environment.