The Center for Environment, Education, and Design Studies is a broadly interdisciplinary group of faculty at the University of Washington that seeks to enhance learning and community well-being through participatory research and design processes. CEEDS strives to engage in transformational partnerships with K-12 schools, industry, and neighborhood organizations. CEEDS faculty are especially interested in encouraging construction of new physical facilities as catalysts for organizational change. Its overarching goal is to use participative processes to create democratic learning communities while also sparking theory-building and policy-making nationally on this topic. Through collaborative teaching, research, and service, CEEDS aspires to affect systemic change in communities, especially those serving children and families with limited access and untapped talents.