Participatory design directly engages users in a design process. Also known as “co-creation”, “co-design”, or “cooperative design,” it encompasses techniques useful to both initial discovery and subsequent design phases of a project. The sixth panel of the 2021 TORCH Mentorship Program explores how architects can develop social responsibility within their practice and communities. A panel of FAIA members will discuss the importance of community engagement and how it serves as a valuable tool in creating successful environments that foster community connection and ownership.